WINNETKA, IL — With holiday gatherings and the emerging omicron surge of coronavirus combining to send demand for tests skyrocketing past supplies, an increasing number of North Shore residents have been seeking COVID-19 testing but have found it unavailable or difficult to obtain.
COVID-19 test positivity in suburban Cook County rose to 7.8 percent, as of Monday, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health.
There were nearly 240,000 tests performed in the county during the week ending Dec. 18, the most recent data available from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
In Winnetka, there were 98 new cases reported for the week, with a 225 percent increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the first two weeks of December, compared to prior fortnight. The village's weekly case rate is 769 per 100,000 people.
In Glencoe, the rate of increase was more than 200 percent compared to the prior 14 days, with 43 new cases reported and a weekly case rate of 486 per 100,000 people. The average for suburban Cook County is 548 per 100,000 people.
According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, the vaccination rate in both villages is more than 90 percent.
Since the start of the pandemic, five Winnetka residents have died of COVID-19, most recently in July. Four Glencoe residents have died, three of them last month, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
Locations offering COVID-19 testing in the north suburbs include:
IDPH Waukegan Drive-Thru, 102 W. Water St. (Six days a weeks starting Jan. 3. Hotline: 800-889-3931)
Affordable Labs, 850 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 208, Vernon Hills (Hotline: 847-367-8636)
Amita Health St. Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave., Evanston (Requires prescription from primary care doctor)
AHS Family Health Center, 8800 Lockwood Ave., Skokie (Hotline: 800-597-5078)
CVS, 101 Asbury St., Evanston
CVS, 2000 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park
CVS, 936 Willow Road, Northbrook
CVS, 3780 Willow Road, Northbrook
CVS, 3434 Dempster St., Skokie
CVS, 3001 W. Washington St., Waukegan
CVS, 1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette
CVS, 4580 Route 173, Zion
Elterman Center, 4959 Golf Road, Skokie
Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center, 1285 Hartrey Ave., Evanston (Must be Erie patient, appointment required, Hotline: 312-666-3494)
Erie HealthReach Waukegan, 2323 Grand Ave., Waukegan (Must be Erie patient, appointment required, Hotline: 312-666-3494)
JD Exam, 3941 Oakton St., Skokie (Hotlines: 847-410-7385, 773-807-0763)
Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center, 2215 14th Street, North Chicago (Hotline: 847-377-8800)
Lake Forest Hospital, 1000 North Westmoreland Road (Testing requires an order from a Northwestern Medicine doctor, Hotline: 312-47-COVID)
Lurie Children's, 1131 Techny Road, Northbrook (Testing children by appointment only, Hotline: 312-227-5300)
NorthShore Immediate Care, 9977 Woods Drive, Skokie (Tests provided based on determination by NorthShore provider)
Northshore Immediate Care - Lake Bluff, 71 Waukegan Road, Lake Bluff (Tests provided based on determination of need.)
Prism Health Lab, 5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie (Hotline: 800-325-1812)
Raden Wellness, 200 Green Bay Road, 2nd Floor, Highwood (Hotline: 847-235-2139)
Rocket Testing Skokie, 9933 Lawler Ave., Skokie (Hotline: 800-983-2233)
Rocket Testing Vernon Hills, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills (Hotline: 800-983-2233)
Rosalind Franklin University Health Clinics, 3471 Green Bay Road, North Chicago
Vista Health System, 1324 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan (Requires ER visit)
Find more testing locations from the Pritzker administration's coronavirus response website.