DECATUR, Ill. – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Illinoisans statewide, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is encouraging residents who have tested positive with moderate symptoms to take advantage of telehealth resources.
“The Virtual Care Program will allow patients with moderate symptoms to self-isolate and recover at home while still receiving top-quality medical care,” said Scherer. “These telehealth services will keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, allowing those in need of urgent medical attention to get help immediately.”
Scherer is urging patients to take advantage of the Illinois COVID-19 Virtual Care Program, which is available to all Illinois residents regardless of their health insurance coverage. The program will provide patients with wellness kits that include important medical supplies such as thermometers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, alcohol wipes and masks along with daily virtual check-ins with doctors and nurses.
Central Illinois residents seeking to enroll in the Illinois COVID-19 Virtual Care Program can text CARE with their ZIP code to 36363 or enroll by calling the virtual care hotline at 866-443-2584.
“The ability to provide effective, efficient medical care services is fundamental to our defense against COVID-19,” said Scherer. “Having an option like the Virtual Care Program gives patients in our communities increased access to the vital healthcare resources they deserve as we continue to work toward overcoming the virus.”