COVID-19 Resources

Testing, Vaccination, Treatment, Education
COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Testing

FREE at-home tests:

Rapid at-home antigen test kits are now available within the Community Connections department at our West State location (1200 W State Street, Rockford, IL) and at our Crusader Belvidere (1050 Logan Ave. Belvidere, IL) location. These tests are available for anyone in the community. You do not need to be a current Crusader patient to receive these at-home tests.

You can also request up to two sets of four free tests online through the Federal Government. The tests will be delivered right to your door. Visit: www.covid.gov/tests to order.

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

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment

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 for hospitalization due to COVID infection. High-risk individuals can be:

  • Individuals 65 or older and weigh at least 88 lbs
  • Age 18 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

Where to get this treatment:

If you are interested in receiving monoclonal antibody treatment, contact your primary care provider to learn more. While Crusader does not have the monoclonal antibody treatment that treats the Omicron variant, our providers may be able to refer you to another location that does, this depends on the supply.

Oral Antiviral Treatment

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization to allow the use of Paxlovid 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. Paxlovid works by stopping the COVID virus from replicating in your body, which can reduce the severity of disease and hospitalization. Paxlovid is a treatment that you take by mouth twice daily for 5 days.

Who can get this treatment?

To receive a prescription for Paxlovid, you must have a positive COVID-19 test, your symptoms must have started within the past 5 days, and you must be high risk for having a more severe case of COVID. High-risk individuals can be:

  • Individuals 65 or older and weigh 88 lbs or more
  • Age 18 or older, weigh at least 88 lbs AND have any of the following:

+ Chronic kidney disease
+ Heart or lung disease
+ BMI of 25 or greater
+ 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 with this prescription

Paxlovid is only available through certain pharmacies at this time. If your provider prescribes Paxlovid, they may need to send this prescription to a different pharmacy than the one you usually utilize. Because of this, the pharmacy may need to verify what medications you are currently taking to ensure that this medication won’t interact with your other medications.

Paxlovid is generally well-tolerated, but some individuals will experience side effects while on this medication. Side effects can include altered taste, diarrhea, and muscle pain. If you experience any of these side effects, it is important to continue the medication unless your provider instructs otherwise.

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.

 

Wear a mask.

Wearing a mask helps to protect you and those around you from COVID-19. For those over the age of two years old, masks are still required in certain settings, such as healthcare facilities.

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