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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.

MCDH COVID-19 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:

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

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

Testing Locations: 

The Illinois Department of Public Health has launched a map with testing locations. Please check the map regularly to find a testing site near you. Visit IDPH to view the map and read about the state's community-based testing sites and general COVID-19 Testing Guidance. There is also a COVID-19 Testing Sites Locator that can find testing sites near you based on your address. Explore the testing site locator.  

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 results are returned to the doctor who ordered the test, 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.

 Federal Testing:

Many residents that are getting COVID-19 testing at federal sites are being instructed to “call their local health department for results." Results are not available for up to 10-14 days and there is a further delay in reporting to local health departments. Federal testing sites are contracting with two commercial labs: Quest and LabCorp. These laboratories are backlogged and are working diligently to complete testing as efficiently as possible. Please be aware that MCDH cannot track down results because we are not the ordering facility, nor do we have the ability to expedite anyone’s testing or reporting to us.