COVID-19 in Chicago
Now Offering FREE COVID-19 Care to Uninsured Patients
We accept most insurance plans (PPOs, Medicare, and the Advocate hospital system HMO) and provide FREE care to uninsured patients under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
If you have Medicaid, or an insurance we do not accept, you may self-pay $250 for the examination and COVID-19 test.
COVID-19 Antibody and Swab Virus Testing Available
The COVID-19 antibody blood test looks for IgG antibodies in the blood to determine if your body has already responded to the novel coronavirus or if you have not developed antibodies (you have a higher risk of getting the virus if you do not have antibodies). An appointment is required for this test.
COVID-19 tests identify if the novel coronavirus is active in your body (through a throat or nose swab).
All patients will be evaluated at our outdoor medical tent before testing is completed. If you are currently experiencing symptoms, or have had symptoms of illness in the last 14 days, we will test you for the COVID-19 virus. If you are well, and have not had any symptoms in the last 14 days, you are eligible for the COVID-19 antibody test.
We accept most insurance plans (PPOs, Medicare, and the Advocate hospital system HMO). If you have Medicaid, or an insurance we do not accept, you may self-pay $250 for the examination and COVID-19 test.
Walk-in appointments are accepted for the COVID-19 virus swab test.
Healthcare Workers and First Responders
If you are a healthcare worker or first responder on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will expedite your visit. If you need an appointment sooner than what is available online, please email us (and mention your status as a first responder/healthcare worker) at firstname.lastname@example.org to expedite your visit.
Now Offering FREE COVID-19 Care to Uninsured Patients
Occupational Health Services
Does your workplace need COVID-19 testing for all employees? Innovative Express Care can help.
Our clinic offers COVID-19 swab testing (for the active virus) as well as COVID-19 antibody testing to determine if someone has previously had the virus.
Innovative Express Care clinicians will travel to your organization for testing. This service is often used by nursing homes, assisted living facilities and businesses such as manufacturing plants, who need to ensure that everyone on-site is healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions (Updated)
We using Abbott’s SARS-CoV-2 IgG test.
This test has been authorized for Emergency Usage by the FDA.*
We feel it is very reliable. Per the manufacture, it has a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 95%. You have to realize that this is a brand new test, but Innovative Express Care chose this test because it is made by one of the largest lab makers in the world. This lab machine is run and operated by Quest Diagnostic, one of the largest labs in the country.
Innovative Express Care charges your insurance for the visit. We submit 99204 or 99203 for your provider visit. Quest Diagnostics Lab submits the code 86328. The diagnosis code is: Z03.818.
Patients who are uninsured may receive care under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides COVID-19 care at no cost to the individual.
A COVID-19 antibody blood test looks for IgG antibodies in the blood to determine if your body has already responded to the virus. A COVID-19 antibody test is done by a blood draw.
Symptoms of COVID-19 appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure.
The most common symptoms are sore throat, fever, cough, diarrhea, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing or coughing up blood or sputum.
While the illness can be severe, resulting in serious complications like pneumonia and even death, other cases have been mild. Our understanding of the symptoms COVID-19 infection will grow as health agencies continue to investigate.
*Based on 55,924 lab confirmed cases symptoms were seen as follows:
- Fever (88%)
- Dry cough (67%)
- Fatigue (38%)
- Sputum production (33%)
- Short of breath (18%)
- Sore throat (14%)
- Headache (13%)
- Muscle/joint aches (15%)
- Chills (11%)
- Nausea/vomiting (5%)
- Stuffy nose (5%)
- Diarrhea (4%)
- Coughing up blood (1%)
If you think you might have been exposed to the COVID-19, see our COVID-19 experts by making an appointment here. This is the best way to get the testing you may need, including testing for COVID-19, influenza, strep throat, or mono at Innovative Express Care.
If you are concerned you may have or have had COVID-19, please schedule a COVID-19 test or COVID-19 antibody test with one of our providers. The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and respiratory symptoms. In some cases, patients also experience loss of taste/smell and GI symptoms. Patients with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of complications from COVID-19.
We are now seeing this as an international crisis. We know that the virus can also be passed from person to person. The likely method of human-to-human transmission is through tiny droplets spread onto hard services by talking, coughing, and sneezing, but it can also be transmitted by stool contamination (they have found the live virus in patient’s stool, which means droplets from stool (or diarrhea, which is highly prevalent in patients with COVID-19), and even the plume of gas. It is highly contagious.
Average incubation 5-6 days (range 1-14)
From onset to max illness – usually about a week.
Recovery is about 2 weeks for mild to moderate disease but 3-6 weeks for severe disease.
The best protection against the virus is to practice isolation, social distancing, and also the same daily habits that help prevent the common cold or flu. This includes frequent hand washing, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and avoiding close contact with those who are sick. To protect others, stay home when you are ill and remember to cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue that is then discarded.
There is currently no vaccine or antiviral treatment for the COVID-19 infection. Respiratory and blood tests, where available, can confirm whether you have the virus. Treatment is focused on relieving symptoms and preventing transmission. In severe cases, care to support vital organ functions may be necessary.
It survives on surfaces likely around 9 days – but some strains show longer and temp/humidity matters.
List of things that work against:
Mostly older patients and those with comorbidities having a more severe course. Likely under detected in younger patients due to the low complication rate in these patients.
- The vast majority of cases in China — 87% — were in people ages 30 to 79,
- Teens and young adults do not seem to be contracting the disease at significant rates
It is a risk for more severe disease. Specific details for each illness are not currently available. It is still relatively rare and developing. Pregnant women do not appear to be at higher risk for severe disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) post new information about the virus on an ongoing basis. You can read their latest updates here.
Innovative Express Care can help determine if you can get testing and help you get better. We are the resource you need for COVID-19 virus and we certainly are your go to clinic for all respiratory illnesses and flu.