Champaign-Urbana and Danville residents with COVID-19 symptoms can get help over the phone
The state of Illinois and OSF Healthcare have partnered to provide downstate residents with an avenue for medical support without leaving their homes.
The program provides virtual medical support for individuals who are showing COVID-19 symptoms or are at high risk of contracting the virus, but do not require emergency or inpatient care. A person must call OSF’s COVID-19 hotline for a final determination of eligibility.
If you are eligible, a Pandemic Health Worker team will digitally assess your condition, provide daily virtual check-ins, and follow-up over a 14-day period to ensure no further assistance is needed. For patients who need them, PHW’s will deliver medicine and wellness kits that include essential tools to monitor your health, such as thermometers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, and alcohol wipes.
“Older, higher-risk Illinoisans in rural communities lacking high-speed internet are facing geographical barriers to access health care services during this crisis,” State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) said. “Implementing a remote patient monitoring program allows pandemic health workers to extend resources directly to the individual.”
There are Pandemic Health Worker teams deployed in the following communities: Champaign, Urbana and Danville. The program is available to all who qualify, regardless of whether you are insured.
Illinois residents can call the OSF Healthcare COVID-19 Hotline (833-673-5669) to request assistance. More information on the program can be found here.