Big news! We opened a COVID-19 testing site in Downers Grove today.
Innovative Express Care performs nearly 1,000 COVID-19 tests daily at our city site. We are committed to helping the Chicagoland area screen for the virus and recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Increasing testing is part of our commitment.
I teamed up with Jeffrey Bohmer, MD, another local emergency medicine physician, to manage the site at 4115 Fairview Avenue in Downers Grove. We offer PCR swab testing, rapid COVID-19 testing and antibody testing currently, and we expect to add saliva testing in the coming weeks. More on that soon!
Our Downers Grove clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. We will extend those hours into the evening and to weekends soon. You do not need to be experiencing symptoms for testing and insurance is accepted. Uninsured patients can also be tested under the federal CARES Act.
The colder months and upcoming holidays will result in more people commingling indoors. Proactively testing and screening for COVID-19, even when no symptoms are present, can help identify cases early and prevent virus spread. The upcoming flu season will also lead many people to need COVID-19 testing. Innovative Express Care will rule out COVID-19, while also testing symptomatic patients for flu and strep when necessary.
Appointments are required for testing. For more information on COVID-19 testing, visit Innovative Express Care online.
COVID-19 has been active in our community for six months. What have we learned in half of a year? Dr. Khare recently spoke with Hal Dardick from the Chicago Tribune to explain how mask use, the way in which we socialize, and how hospitalized patients are treated, has changed. Read more in today’s Chicago Tribune.
Dr. Khare joined the team at FOX Chicago this morning to talk about COVID-19 pool testing. Check out the video here to learn how this strategy for group testing may save on supplies and allow more asymptomatic people to be tested.
Innovative Express Care is honored to be featured in the Crain’s Chicago Business Healthcare Heroes issue for our work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team has worked tirelessly since the virus hit Chicago. We acted quickly set up an outdoor medical tent for virus testing in March, increased our staff by 40 percent and have tested well over 6,000 people for COVID-19 in the last three months. We are proud to serve our community seven days a week, and we will continue to go above and beyond to keep Chicago healthy.
Be sure to pick up the issue, or view it online here.
Dr. Khare spoke with NPR earlier this week to explain COVID-19 antibody testing. If you are wondering what antibodies are associated with COVID-19, and why we believe they provide a level of protection against COVID-19, take a moment to listen. Innovative Express Care uses the Abbott serology test, which we believe is the most accurate test on the market. You can schedule an appointment online.
ABC 7 joined us early this morning to cover the new COVID-19 antibody test available at Innovative Express Care. The blood test looks for IgG antibodies in the blood to determine if your body has already encountered the COVID-19 virus, or indicates the absence of these antibodies. The test is available to anyone who is well and has not had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Insurance is accepted. Watch the full segment here.
Dr. Khare spoke with Newsy earlier this week to offer an update on COVID-19 testing, which is open to everyone at Innovative Express Care. Watch the segment here to learn more, including how we bend the curve and what it means to achieve herd immunity.
Dr. Khare recently spoke with ABC 7 about the highly anticipated COVID-19 antibody test. The blood test will determine if someone has already been exposed to the novel coronavirus, allowing people to make informed decisions about their risk as we move toward easing restrictions. Innovative Express Care is awaiting the arrival of antibody tests and hopes to begin testing in the coming weeks. Watch the full segment here.