Memorial Health System will open a respiratory screening clinic at its South Sixth ExpressCare location at 10 a.m. today to screen people for the COVID-19 virus.
The clinic at 2950 South Sixth St. will operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. People coming to the respiratory clinic should call a hotline before they arrive. That number is 217-588-4019. The clinic is open to anyone with a respiratory problem that could be COVID-19.
“We have designed a process at this clinic for enhanced safety of our community, and our colleagues,” said Dr. Raj Govindaiah, Memorial Health System senior vice president and chief medical officer. “In order to ensure the safety of our community, we want people who have symptoms for COVID-19 to call our hotline and avoid walking into the emergency room or their physician’s clinic.”
Healthcare providers are stationed outside the clinic to screen patients and determine the appropriate level of care. The clinic will provide COVID-19 testing for those patients who meet the guidelines set by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
For the respiratory screening clinic at South Sixth ExpressCare, if a patient arrives who has not set up an appointment through the hotline, they will be directed to a designated parking space, where signage will direct them to call to register by phone. For anyone who needs to be brought into the clinic for a test, there’s a separate entrance where they will receive a nasal swab and be returned to their cars.
In addition to the hotline, people can also notify staff of their visit through the MemorialNow virtual care app or the On My Way feature on the Memorial app. The MemorialNow app can be downloaded by searching for MemorialNow in the Apple Store or Google Play store.
New visitor restrictions went into effect today at all Memorial Health System facilities in response to the COVID-19 virus. One visitor will be permitted per patient at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Decatur Memorial Hospital, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville and clinics for Memorial Physician Services. Pediatric patients under 18 will be allowed two visitors or caregivers. All visitors must be 18 years old or older and show no sign of illness.
No visitors are allowed at the Transitional Care Unit at Passavant. No visitors are permitted for inpatients at Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
For the latest information on COVID-19, check the health system’s website, ChooseMemorial.org/COVID19.