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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

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Access to Healthcare

We’ve developed a tool,  the McHenry County Department of Health Resource Guide, to provide guidance on seeking medical care along with recommendations on staying safe during this time. This tool is not designed to diagnose or treat COVID-19, but can assist you with more information about this new coronavirus. Visit the MCDH Resource Guide.

If you think you should be tested: 

While we understand your concerns about testing, we want you to know that testing materials are severely limited here and across the country. It is NOT necessary to be tested. If you have worsening symptoms, you must be evaluated by your primary care physician. The McHenry County Department of Health is not testing at their locations.

When contacting your physician, office staff will screen your symptoms and will have you put on a mask as you enter the building. This would be true if you go to the emergency room as well. CALL AHEAD.

If you are worried about going out to see your doctor, some health systems offer telehealth and virtual visits where they can see you and talk to you on your phone.

Regional Hospitals: 

Northwestern Medicine: 1-312-472-6843. Visit Northwestern Medicine's coronavirus hub for additional information bout the virus. 

Advocate Good Shepherd : 1-866-443-2584. Visit  Advocate Good Shepherd's coronavirus page for more information about virtual health visits. 

Mercy Health System: 1-888-700-9011. Visit Mercy Health System's COVID-19 page for more information about virtual health visits.

Medical evaluations for people without insurance:

Aunt Martha’s Woodstock Community Health Center: 1-877-692-8686

McHenry Community Health Center: 1-815-363-9900

Community Health Partnership of Illinois: 1-815-943-4339

Testing Locations: 

There are two COVID-19 testing locations in McHenry County, one located at Mercy Health Hospital and Medical Center, 901 Grant Street, Harvard, IL and another at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, 10400 Haligus Road, Huntley, IL. 

Map of COVID-19 Testing Locations

Testing Results:

Many county residents have called us for their COVID-19 testing results. We want to reassure you that we will notify positive cases within 24 hours of getting those results. Many tests that are run go straight to the doctor that ordered them, not MCDH. Please also understand results can take 3, to as many as 10 days to be completed. Transport of tests,  unavailability of testing materials, and lack of manpower are contributing to these backlogs of test results. We understand your frustration, but we cannot get the information to you until the results are reported to us.