COVID-19 Resources

Testing, Vaccination, Treatment, Education
COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Testing

For established Crusader patients:

We offer COVID-19 testing for established Crusader patients who are symptomatic. Patients can call 815-490-1600, or send a portal message to their provider to schedule an appointment.

For non-established patients, or for asymptomatic testing, we suggest the following:

  • Community testing sites: view locations and hours
  • Rapid at-home testing: Testing kits are available at drugstores without a prescription, and a box with two tests typically costs about $25. Swabs, testing solution and instructions are included.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Established Crusader patients:

Moderna vaccine is available for established Crusader patients 18 and older. Patients can call 815-490-1600, or send a portal message to their provider if interested.

For non-established Crusader patients and/or patients 18 and under:

If you are not an established Crusader patient, the following COVID-19 vaccine resources are available to you:

  • Register for a vaccine through the Winnebago County Health Department: click here
  • Schedule a vaccine appointment through Walgreens pharmacy: click here
  • Schedule a vaccine appointment through CVS pharmacy: click here

NEW! COVID-19 Treatment

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

In November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization to allow the use of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients who do not require hospitalization or require oxygen therapy. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are antibodies developed in a lab that block the virus from entering your cells and reduce the severity of disease and hospitalization.

Who can get this treatment?

To receive treatment you must have a positive COVID-19 test and be high risk. High-risk individuals can be:

  • Individuals 65 or older and weigh 80 lbs or more
  • Told by a doctor they are at high risk of a serious case of COVID-19
  • Age 12 or older and weigh at least 88 lbs AND have any of the following:

+ Chronic kidney disease
+ Heart or lung disease
+ BMI of 25 or greater
+ Pregnancy
+ Diabetes
+ Immunosuppressive disease

If you qualify for treatment, and have had a positive test elsewhere, contact your primary care provider to discuss your options.

What to expect at your appointment:

You will get four shots with a short needle inserted under your skin in four separate places on your body. These usually include the back of the arms, the stomach and/or the thighs. Receiving all four shots takes about 1-3 minutes. You will be asked to wait 1 hour after your shots to make sure you don’t have serious side effects.

Side effects are like what you may experience when getting other medicines by injection, like the Covid-19 vaccine or a flu shot. If you notice changes such as drainage, numbness, tingling, or other concerning symptoms near your injection site, call your Crusader healthcare provider at 815-490-1600.

What to do when you go home:

After your treatment you should go home, rest and take care of your COVID-19 symptoms if you have them. If you have discomfort where you got the injections, you can use a cold compress the day of your treatment. After that, warmth (like a heating pad) can help heal any bruising. You may begin to feel your COVID-19 symptoms improve quickly, or it may still take a while before you begin to feel better.

Receiving mAb treatment does not change the duration of quarantine and isolation required. Continue to follow the guidance provided by your provider. Unvaccinated or thinking about getting that second shot or booster? You’ll need to wait 90 days after your treatment to get a vaccine.


COVID-19 Educational Resources

Prevention:

Get Boosted.

Studies show after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection with variants may decrease over time. If you have already received the COVID-19 vaccine, the next measure of protection is a booster shot. The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19.

Wear a mask.

Wearing a mask helps to protect you and those around you from COVID-19. For those over two years old, wear a mask when you are in indoor public settings whether you are vaccinated or not. Governor Pritzker announced a statewide indoor mask mandate effective Monday, 8/30/21 that is still in effect.

Watch your distance.

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 with social distancing. Maintain a minimum of six-feet of distance between you and others that are not members of your immediate household whenever possible.

Wash your hands.

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Online resources:

The Illinois Department of Public Health provides the most up-to-date guidance for the state of Illinois. They have a wide range of educational resources including symptomstreatments, quarantine guidelines, vaccine FAQs, executive orders & rules, and so much more.

For general questions about COVID-19, please call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov