NAPERVILLE — The proliferation of pop-up COVID-19 testing sites is raising alarms in Naperville and across the state, causing county and state official to warn residents to be cautious.

At a recent Naperville City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Chirico said he’s seen big banners advertising free COVID-19 tests along Route 59 and Ogden Avenue, and he questions the legitimacy of some of the sites.

In one instance, Chirico said he saw a line of cars waiting. “There’s a guy out there with the garbage can. I’m like this just doesn’t look like professional,” he said.

During an online town hall discussion hosted Monday by the DuPage County Health Equity and Access Response Team, Naperville resident and Equity in Health Advisors Network president and CEO Janice Guider said she’s heard of centers that were charging people as much as $300 for a test.

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