St. Margaret’s Health now requires doctor's order for COVID testing


SPRING VALLEY - St. Margaret’s Health announced on Dec. 30 that due to critical shortages of supplies, they are no longer testing walk-in patients for COVID-19; a physician’s order IS REQUIRED. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, they advise you to please isolate at home, wear a mask and if symptoms develop, contact your physician to request an order to be tested.

Having symptoms? In order to be tested for COVID-19, Influenza (Flu), Strep, RSV, or to receive a Respiratory Array test, patients MUST have a doctor’s order. Contact your medical care provider. Please DO NOT visit the testing center in Spring Valley without a physician’s order or visit an emergency department for testing.

Other sites throughout the Illinois Valley may still test without a physician’s order, although appointments may be required. Please refer to local pharmacies and health departments’ websites or visit for more information.