Residents Urged to Take Advantage of COVID-19 Telehealth Program

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Press release from the Office of State Representative Mary Edly-Allen

For immediate release
June 26, 2020

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – To ensure that COVID-19 patients have access to primary care physicians and health check-ups, state Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville, is informing residents of a new Remote Patient Monitoring Program to allow sick patients to receive daily telehealth care.

“Fortunately, many of those who contract COVID-19 experience mild to moderate symptoms that do not require emergency care or hospitalization,” Edly-Allen said. “However, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t critical for these patients recovering at home to be under the care of a medical professional to monitor their symptoms. This telehealth program will provide patients with daily virtual check-ins and wellness kits to ensure they can make a full recovery safely from home, where they are less likely to spread the virus to others in the community.”

Telehealth appointments are available in Northern Illinois through Advocate Aurora Healthcare and may be accessed by calling 866-443-2584 or visiting www.advocateaurorahealth.org/coronavirus-disease-2019. Health care workers will digitally connect with patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that are not severe enough to require hospitalization. Patients may receive wellness kits that include crucial items like thermometers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, alcohol wipes and masks.

The program is intended to be a resource for anyone in the state experiencing symptoms, no matter what form of insurance. For more information on the Illinois COVID-19 Virtual Care Program, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/telehealth or call 800-889-3931.

“This telehealth partnership ensures that people who do not need to be in emergency care are kept out of doctor’s offices and hospitals, limiting the community exposure and keeping our healthcare workers safer,” Edly-Allen added. “As more and more people turn to telehealth for preventive care, mental health services, and treatment for illness, I am glad to see partnerships like this throughout the state to ensure that everyone has safe access to care.”

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