Some patients felt sick, nervously ticking off potential COVID-19 symptoms. Some cited possible exposure to the highly contagious disease. Others were there out of an abundance of caution.
All had made an appointment for a test Friday at Heartland Health Centers on Devon Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood. In interviews, they expressed common fears of becoming ill or unwittingly spreading the new coronavirus, which has already sickened more than 150,000 and killed more than 7,000 statewide. Illinois on Sunday set a new daily testing record, with 38,894 COVID-19 tests performed.
For Bizi Obedi, a 21-year-old college student, recent travels to Atlanta — a COVID-19 hot spot — made him particularly worried about possibly contracting the virus. He’d stayed in the home of a relative who later tested positive for COVID-19, increasing his chance of exposure.
Before the trip, Obedi said, he had believed the pandemic was a hoax. Now