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DuPage Medical Group Coronavirus, COVID-19, Updates

Updated 7/6/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19):

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in the U.S. and across the globe, DuPage Medical Group is following the latest developments and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and other key health organizations. Our most important priority is keeping our patients, employees and physicians safe. We have a task force comprised of physician and administrative leaders who are meeting daily to ensure that we are addressing concerns and taking necessary steps to limit spread within our communities.

If you are feeling well, we hope you will continue to attend your appointments and procedures as regularly scheduled. If you are exhibiting flu-like or respiratory illness symptoms, please call us in advance if your visit is routine. If you have an elective visit or test scheduled, we may ask you to consider rescheduling your appointment(s) for when you are feeling well.

 

What DMG is Doing to Ensure Patient Safety:

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our patients, providers and employees. We continue to update our clinical protocols based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and other key health organizations.

Clinical Protocols

Our providers and employees are well-trained in infection control best practices, including the effective use of personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and goggles. We continue to ensure that all areas within our clinic locations are cleaned regularly with cleaning products that have been approved by the EPA as effective against coronavirus (COVID-19). We have implemented a thorough screening process and clinical pathway that allows us to quickly isolate anyone experiencing potential coronavirus symptoms.

Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, effective May 1, 2020, Illinois residents over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask or face covering when in public. Please wear a mask or face covering (such as a scarf or bandana) during your entire visit only remove it if asked to do so by your provider.

Click here for more details on how we are providing in-office care safely. 

Location Updates

To protect the safety of our patients, employees and the community, several of our clinic locations are no longer be offering in-clinic appointments. If there is a change of location for your upcoming appointment, your providers’ office will provide you with an update via MyChart or phone.

Virtual Healthcare Options

We are offering our patients additional options to continue to receive care with their providers; we have increased our e-visit and video visit capabilities. Virtual healthcare appointments are available for sick and well visits with primary care and specialty providers. Call your providers office or log in to MyChart to schedule virtual healthcare appointments with your providers. Click below to schedule an e-visit or primary care video visit with the next available primary care provider.

E-Visit              Video Visit

Behavioral and Mental Health Services

Recognizing the growing need for behavioral and mental health services among our patient community, DMG acquired the Institute for Personal Development (IPD)—a progressive and thriving practice that provides psychological, psychiatric and integrative medicine services—in May 2019. IPD is offering video visits for patients to connect face-to-face with care providers from the comfort and safety of their home. Our providers can use telehealth technology to screen and diagnose conditions, provide medication-assisted treatment, counseling, skills coaching and continued care for individuals, families, groups and couples. To learn more about IPD or to schedule an appointment, please call 815-942-6323 or visit ipdhealth.com.

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Antibody Testing

DuPage Medical Group is offering the Roche COVID-19 antibody test for patients. We are the first outpatient medical group to obtain this test nationally. The Roche test is the most accurate antibody test available, with a high sensitivity that approaches 100% that provides us with the best results possible.

If you would like to get an antibody test, please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. Your physician will need to order the test for you and will talk with you about your current health history and symptoms to confirm the antibody test is the right test for you at this time. Your physician will also direct you to the best DuPage Medical Group location near you for testing.

Learn more about why COVID-19 antibody testing is important and what we can learn from it. 

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Express Care & Immediate Care Centers Update:

To ensure the safety of our patients, employees and care teams, patients will need an appointment to be seen at our Express Care and Immediate Care Centers, effective Friday, March 20, 2020. Although we’re no longer accepting walk-ins, these locations have appointments available seven-days-a-week. Please call 1-888-693-6437 to schedule an appointment at the most appropriate location for your health concern.

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Visitor Policy:

As a precautionary measure to keep our patients, visitors and care team members safe, we are working to limit the number of people in our waiting rooms and at our facilities.

  • Patients may bring one care companion to their clinic visits. Any care companions that accompany patients will be required to complete the on-site screening process that all patients and employees undergo as they enter our clinics.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery should limit their visitors to one care companion (over the age of 18). We strongly encourage them to wait in their vehicle. A member of our team will call them with udpates and/or instruct them on when they can enter the clinic.
  • If you are driving a patient to their appointment or watching children during an adult's visit, we ask that you wait in your car and do not wait inside the clinic.

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Communication from DMG

During the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, it is critical that our patients receive important information and updates about how it may impact their healthcare. If you have previously opted-in, you may receive communication from providers or staff via phone, MyChart message or text messages.

We have partnered with Upfront Healthcare Services to provide information to our patients that have opted-in to text message communications. An example of the message and website you may receive from us is included below. 

 

Mary, your health and safety are important to us. DuPage Medical Group has updated information on care and services available during Illinois’ Shelter in Place. Tambien disponible al español. 

DMG UpFront

 

What to Do if You’re Experiencing Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19):

If you’re experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as fever, cough​ or shortness of breath and have traveled to an area with a known outbreak or have had exposure to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Stay at home and isolate yourself as much as possible from others in your home
  • Limit your exposure to others, particularly in public places
  • Before visiting any of our clinic locations, call 1-888-693-6437, choose option 3 to be connected with a nurse who will speak with you about your symptoms and inform you on next steps
  • If asked by one of our care team members, please wear a facemask to help prevent the spread of illness to others
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose in the trash
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people in your home.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces frequently, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
 

DuPage Medical Group now has the ability to test patients who are deemed high-risk for COVID-19 based on the screening protocols. We remind patients who are concerned not to present at our clinic locations, please call 1-888-693-6437 for evaluation and options.

 

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Tips for Preventing the Spread of Illness:

The best way to prevent the flu, coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses is to avoid exposure. The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your home and workplace (door handles and knobs, phones, remote controls, etc.)
Stay home if you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose in the trash



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Medical Records Requests

To protect you, our patients and our staff, we recommend requesting your medical records be sent securely via e-mail or mailed to a preferred address instead of in-person pick-up for paper copies.

For questions or concerns regarding medical record pick-up, please call (630) 873-8748, Monday through Friday, 8AM – 5PM. 

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Where to Go for More Information:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving global health situation. For the latest information, visit: 

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