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Riverside Healthcare issues statement on COVID-19 tests, Immediate Care in Meijer closed

Earlier today, Riverside Healthcare issued a statement on the expanded availability of COVID-19 testing.

“Recently government officials announced the expanded availability of COVID-19 testing. While that number is expected to increase, there is still a very limited capacity nationwide and testing will only be used for cases that meet strict criteria as determined by your doctor in coordination with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).”

If you are experiencing symptoms, notify your doctor first so they can prepare to receive you.  IDPH officials are pleading with the public to not show up at doctors’ offices unannounced.

In a video statement earlier today, IDPH officials said:

“This is a very rapidly evolving situation; we understand people are interested in being tested. We urge them to reach out to their health care providers. We want to urge people to stay home as much as possible to reduce the number of people who may be sick so we can limit the burden on our health care system.” said Omayra Giachello from Illinois Department of Health in a joint statement with State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst earlier this morning.

The State has also set up a hotline to deal with general questions.

That number is 1-800-889-3931.

Riverside also announced their Immediate Care Bradley location is closed at this time.  They advise you to visit their location at 395 N. Locust Street in Manteno, now with extended hours. Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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