If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you may now schedule a test to be seen at our outdoor medical tent online. A pre-screening appointment is no longer required. Insurance is accepted for the COVID-19 test and provider visit. If you do not wish to use insurance, self-pay ($250) is also available.
Patients who wish to consult with a physician before coming on-site for a test, may schedule a telemedicine visit. During the secure online appointment, we’ll review your symptoms, discuss your medical history and determine if any medical testing is necessary.
Symptoms of COVID-19 commonly include fever, shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, respiratory symptoms, sore throat, loss of taste/smell, and sometimes GI issues.
Patients who schedule a COVID-19 test online will receive a series of text messages to confirm the appointment. Insured patients will also be asked to submit their address and photos of their picture ID/insurance card. This is requested in advance in order to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on-site at our clinic.
For more information about COVID-19 and services available, visit our COVID-19 website.
“This did not seem normal and I’ve never felt anything like it,” she said. “There were some similarities (to other infections), body aches, fever chills. What made this different were the chest symptoms.”
Listen to what the young mother had to say, and why she wants others to take this seriously, by watching the interview here.
Dr. Khare recently joined FOX Chicago for a live segment from the Innovative Express Care COVID-19 testing tent. Watch the segment here and learn more about the virus, including what Dr. Khare and team are doing to fight the pandemic in Chicago.
Dr. Khare recently spoke with the Chicago Tribune about COVID-19 testing. Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Chicago and how Innovative Express Care examines each patient’s unique symptoms and situation to determine when a test should be completed. Read the full article, here.
Innovative Express Care was recently featured in the Chicago Sun-Times for our use of telemedicine to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Telemedicine has been offered at our clinic since we opened in 2015. When COVID-19 struck Chicago, we quickly utilized the system for screening patients who may need to be tested. Read more here.
Each day when our leaders step to the podium, they communicate that science must lead the way in the fight against COVID-19. Dr. Rahul Khare, founder and CEO of Innovative Express Care agrees and says that is exactly why everyone should be wearing a mask in public.
Khare has been an emergency medicine physician for over 15 years and has a background in epidemiology. He has led medical relief efforts following natural disasters in foreign countries and knows that it is critical to get ahead of the crisis you are facing. In order to beat COVID-19, we must examine what has worked in other countries and follow the same procedures here at home. If everyone wore a mask when in public, even for a matter of weeks, Khare believes the effort could significantly decrease the spread of COVID-19. N95 masks are not recommended for the general public, as basic fabric masks will do.
Khare is among a growing number of physicians who have taken this stance, despite the fact that government agencies such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease control continue to state this measure is not necessary. In recent days however, the CDC has indicated that they will reevaluate whether or not a wider use of masks should be considered.
Why is this important?
COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming rate in Chicago and more must be done to curb the pandemic
Stay-at-home orders are imperative, but adding a “masks for all” mandate for when individuals are in public would significantly contribute to flattening the curve.
Over34 scientific papers support the idea that masks can reduce the spread of diseases, including COVID-19.
Scientists believe that even homemade masks may be effective in stopping 95 percent of particles from transmitting from one person to another.
Science has demonstrated that even asymptomatic individuals can spread the highly contagious virus.
Medical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders
Khare is clear to explain that medical masks and N95 masks are not necessary for the general public and those should be reserved for healthcare workers and those on the front lines of this pandemic. Masks made from common household materials – T-shirts, bandannas and scarves – are sufficient for public use. A recent article in the New York Times even offered instructions on how to make a mask.
More information on COVID-19 screening and testing at Innovative Express Care can be found here.
Innovative Express Care is expediting COVID-19 testing for essential healthcare workers and first responders who are struggling to be seen at the testing sites established by the government. The urgent care is located at 2400 N. Ashland Avenue.
COVID-19 testing is done in an outdoor medical tent. Individuals may also be tested for flu or strep during their visit to Innovative Express Care.
A telemedicine screening is required for the general public prior to testing, however healthcare workers and first responders can bypass that step and expedite the process in order to be tested quickly and ensure the safety of the patients they serve.
If you are a healthcare worker who is in need of a COVID-19 test, please contact our office to schedule a visit. You will be asked to provide an ID that indicates your employment. Innovative Express Care will bill your insurance for the medical testing and visit.
Innovative Express Care is featured in this article by Block Club Chicago for our COVID-19 response. Our clinicians have screened over 500 patients to date and tested around 250. Of those tested, 31 have been positive for COVID-19. Innovative Express Care is the only urgent care in Chicago testing for COVID-19. We are proud to be serving our community.