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Cook County offers advice for using the new free COVID-19 test program

The federal government on Tuesday unveiled a program to provide free COVID-19 tests to anyone who applies at covidtests.gov.

The Cook County Department of Public Health posted answers to frequently asked questions about the program.

Free COVID tests will be shipped to residents who apply, with no questions asked.

"You do not need insurance, a credit card, or any identification, just a mailing address," county officials said. "The process takes about two minutes."

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Summer events

Saturday, July 2

  • Roots + Fire Water grand opening, 11 a.m. at 1941 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Monday, July 4

  • Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department kids parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Parker Junior High, ending in downtown Flossmoor.
  • Homewood 4th of July parade, staring at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, south to Ridge Road, then east to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, where there will be a community picnic.

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