Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER MOBILE UNIT HITTING THE ROAD FOR COVID-19 TESTING AT CONGREGATE SETTINGS AND FOR  PUBLIC TESTING

 The Will County Health Department’s (WCHD) Community Health Center (CHC) is using its wheels. The CHC’s Mobile Medical Unit (which also operates as a Mobile Dental Unit) has joined with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for a very special program of Coronavirus testing.

Now that Governor Pritzker’s office has provided testing kits for Community Health Centers throughout the state, the CHC’s mobile van can drive to high-risk community locations for COVID-19 testing that is processed through Illinois Department of Public Health laboratories.

“The Governor’s office and IDPH decided to partner with FQHCs (Federally Qualified Health Centers) like ours because of their connections to the communities and the resources they have, like our mobile unit,” said WCHD Executive Director Sue Olenek. “Congregate care settings innately have challenges because of the proximity of their residents, causing the risk of transmission to be higher. This includes nursing and assisted living homes, childcare sites, residential treatment facilities, and many more.”

For CHC Chief Executive Officer Mary Maragos, this is an example of exactly what their mobile unit is meant to do. “It increases access to care by bringing health services to those who cannot travel, or for whom transportation is a barrier. Taking the Mobile Medical Unit on important outings like this is a multidisciplinary team effort that takes a lot of organization, daily debriefing, and revisions as needed.”

 

CHC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Byrd says any type of testing being done on the road is more complicated than inside a medical office. “We have to make sure the site can accommodate our mobile unit when it comes to maneuverability and space to set up, as well as ensuring our healthcare workers are in an open air environment for safer testing. Plus, we need to ensure the hosting site can assist with patient scheduling and flow, and we need to make sure we have enough PPE (personal protective equipment) to keep this process going. We are excited to be involved in the fight against COVID-19 in this way, as this is the kind of work that community health centers are driven to do’’. See the Schedule below for Congregate and Public testing sites, dates and times.

 

WILL COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER BRINGING COVID-19 TESTING FOR PUBLIC TO BOLINGBROOK AND MONEE

The WCHD (Will County Health Department) CHC (Community Health Center) Mobile Medical Unit will be offering FREE COVID-19 TESTING to Northern and Eastern Will County, for everyone, starting in mid-June.

Beginning on Friday, June 12th, and every Friday thereafter, testing will take place in the parking lot of the WCHD/CHC offices at 323 Quadrangle Drive in Bolingbrook.  This is just off Lily Cache Lane, about two blocks west of Route 53.

The Will County Community Health Center’s Mobile Medical Unit will be offering walk-in COVID-19 testing every Friday in Bolingbrook and every Monday in Monee.

Beginning on Monday, June 15th, and every Monday thereafter (except July 3rd), testing will take place in the parking lot of the WCHD/CHC offices at 5601 W. Monee-Manhattan road in Monee, less than a mile east of I-57.

Testing at both locations will be conducted from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Residents can begin arriving at 8:15 AM to complete registration.  Please bring a picture ID and a copy of your insurance card, if available, though no charges will be submitted to insurance.

 

 

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