A new COVID-19 testing site has opened in Rockford. But this one is unique compared to the others in the area. Normally when you get a COVID-19 test you have to wait some time to get your results back. But there's another type of COVID-19 test that's a rapid test.

This rapid test is different from the normal COVID-19 test in a few ways. First things first, it's "rapid" so that means you'll get your results back in around 15-20 minutes.

The free rapid testing is available at the upper parking lot of the UW Sports Factory on South Madison Street. The COVID-19 testing site is run by Oak Street Health and anyone over the age of 5 can get tested.

So here's the thing, the rapid test isn’t just faster than others but also less invasive. According to WTVO, here's what one local doctor detailed about the site and how the testing is less invasive -

This is the rapid test, this is not the one that needs to go all the way into the back of your nose that people cringe when they get it. This is kind of just the outer part of your nose, it’s not uncomfortable it’s actually pretty simple.

So when can you get a rapid test done at the new testing site? The testing site is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. And it's located at the upper parking lot of the UW Sports Factory on South Madison Street. So if you need quick results, it looks like this site is perfect for you.

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