“While the threat of COVID-19 is very serious, some patients with mild symptoms are able to recover from home without the need of hospitalization – which can also help hospitals manage the caseload and care for the most at-risk patients,” said Tarver. “Although some individuals are recovering outside of medical facilities, all are entitled to top-quality professional medical care.”
Tarver is encouraging residents who are directly impacted or may have loved ones who have contracted COVID-19 to take advantage of telehealth services which include COVID-19 screenings, virtual visits, and wellness kits that provide significant items like thermometers, alcohol wipes, mask and other medical equipment.
Telehealth services are provided statewide to residents and are available for anyone in the state, no matter what form of insurance they may have. Residents are eligible for telehealth services if they are showing symptoms and do not require hospitalization or are at a higher risk of being exposed to the virus. For more information on the Illinois Virtual Care Program or to learn how access services visit www.coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/telehealth or call 800-889-3931.
“Use of the available telehealth services will lessen the possibility of hospitals and other medical facilities becoming overcrowded as we continue to monitor the number of cases, allowing those who do not need hospitalization to limit their ability to expose others in their communities,” said Tarver. “Even as we work toward recovery from this health crisis, these services will prove to be pivotal in our efforts to keep cases down statewide.”