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.
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.
Dr. Khare spoke with WGN-TV today and demonstrated how our COVID-19 telemedicine screenings work. Telemedicine allows you to see a physician from the comfort of your own home, and it is the safest, most efficient way to screen patients who are symptomatic for COVID-19. Footage of their interview aired on the 4pm and 9pm news, as well as on their special COVID-19 newscast at 10pm. Watch the coveragehere.
Dr. Rahul Khare joined Justin Kauffman of WGN-Radio again last night to talk about how doctors are keeping up with demand during the COVID-19 crisis. He also took questions from listeners. Listen to the stream here.
Innovative Therapy team shares tips for finding joy with family and friends during this uncertain time
The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changed our day-to-day lives and has caused many people to feel anxious and unsettled. It is undoubtedly a difficult time in our country, yet slower days can allow us time to rest, reset, prioritize and be more present in our lives. See below for tips from the Innovative Express Care therapy team, on how to set your worries aside for a bit and find solace in things you may not have had time for previously. Above all, socialize while social distancing. Maintaining good mental health is key to getting through this period in our lives.
Socialize while Social Distancing – Virtual happy hours, family dinners and birthday celebrations have moved online during this time. Use technology to start your own daily gathering with family and friends. Cheers!
Take a walk daily – The weather may be brisk, but the cool crisp air can feel good and offer a refreshing break that is good for your mental health.
Play baseball in the yard – Spring training may have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t brush up on your own skills. Toss the ball around in the yard, have some batting practice and get some fresh air.
Enjoy family game night – Bust out the board games and play a childhood favorite with your kids. Have fun together as a family and forget about things for a while.
Read a book – Now is the time to get lost in a book. Better yet, start an online book club with friends.
Begin a daily meditation practice – Everyone can benefit from anxiety-busting activities right now. Set aside 15-minutes each day for silent meditation.
Tune-in for an online yoga class – There are yoga classes on demand and online for you to enjoy. Find some time for peace and relaxation each day. Namaste.
Journal – Jotting down your thoughts, worries, and things you are most grateful for, is a wonderful way to reflect and alleviate stress. These are uncertain times. Document the experience and how you and your family handled the limitations.
Take a tech break – Silence your phone and step away from your computer for short breaks several times throughout each day. The news is constant and repeat exposure to statistics, warnings and worried friends can take a mental toll.
Enjoy a Nap – Anxiety and worry can keep people up at night. Take advantage of slower days by taking an afternoon nap. This luxury that most people rarely have time for can help you stay rested and healthy, while giving your mind a much needed break.
Sorry folks, the doctor says this may not be the year to go big with your St. Paddy’s day celebrations. Dr. Khare spoke with Hannah Alani from Block Club Chicago today and discussed the city’s tradition of large-scale bar crawls to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Is it a good idea amidst the COVID-19 outbreak? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grab some corned beef and do a scaled down celebration this year. Read the article here.
Many people have asked me how to best protect themselves and their family against the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Here’s the bottom line: COVID-19 is coming the US and to Chicago. It is likely that a significant amount of people will get infected. There are however things you can do to limit your risk.
Fallout from the virus will go beyond the spread of illness in the United States. China supplies the world with many products. As such, global stock markets and financials may be in question. The risk of the virus itself, and the impact it will have on our economy, will be scary for all of us. However, transmission rates will begin to slow, and hopefully subside by the summer.
There are several things to keep in mind regarding the COVID-19 virus:
The mortality rate of COVID-19 is still relatively low compared to Swine Flu and SARS.
People who are over 75 years of age are more at risk than those who are younger. Kids, for some reason, seem to be protected somehow.
The single most important thing you can do, is wash your hands regularly. This means before every meal, after using the restroom, following a trip to the mall or running errands, etc. Frequent hand washing is crucial in preventing the spread of colds, flu and the novel coronavirus that is active in many countries, including in the United States.
Keep an eye on travel warnings – The CDC has issued several travel warnings in response to COVID-19 activity in several countries. Stay on top of the latest warning levels, which in many regions is to “avoid non-essential travel” currently.
Any time you are traveling abroad, it’s a good idea to consult with a travel medicine physician who can share region-specific health information and advise you on any precautions to take prior, or during your trip.
When you are sick, stay home – We all have work and school obligations, however the truth is, you aren’t doing yourself or anyone else any favors when reporting to these places sick. If you have symptoms of illness, especially fever, stay home. Respiratory illnesses such as cold viruses, flu, and the novel coronavirus are all easily spread when an infected individual comes in contact with others.
Use the CDC as your guide – Remember, despite your political allegiance, the CDC director is a veteran virologist, Robert Redfield, MD, who has studied HIV and other infectious viruses for over 30 years. We have to trust that the CDC will give us the proper instructions during the time of COVID-19
Innovative Express Care is an urgent care practice open seven days a week for your convenience. Contact us to schedule an appointment or walk-in, as wait times are typically less than 30 minutes.