IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR EMPLOYERS 

We continue to provide the services you need with your employees’ safety as our highest priority.


TEMPORARY CHANGES TO CLINIC HOURS

Please view individual clinic pages for up-to-date hours.


RETURN TO WORK STRATEGY

We are able to evaluate all of your employees for COVID-19 to determine if they can safely RETURN TO WORK in a prompt manner.

We are now offering two RETURN TO WORK processes:

  1. For those who have not had a previous positive COVID-19 test, we will perform an examination and COVID-19 test.
  2. For those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19, we will give an examination by history of symptoms. Following this plan, a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 can return to work once examined if they exhibit both of the following:
    • At least 24 hours with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

This method is per the CDC guidelines for Symptomatology Return to Work. We do not recommend retesting those who have previously tested positive because they can continue to test positive for up to 6 weeks, even though they are no longer contagious. A second test is simply identifying dead virus particles that are still present. This method needlessly keeps people from working that are no longer infected with COVID-19 and are unable to transmit it to others.

THE RETURN TO WORK TESTING WILL REQUIRE A SPECIAL AUTHORIZATION FORM
Return to work status will be provided to the patient and sent to the employer.  Please contact our Corporate Services department at 815-654-2300 or your Account Representative to establish this process for you

ANTIBODY TESTING:
Antibody testing will be very important in the fight against COVID-19, because it may be able to tell us who is protected against future infections and can go back to work or resume normal activities. The FDA has relaxed the usual assessment criteria for these tests to get them to market quickly, and there is evidence many of them will underperform or have serious limitations. We are currently working with several different companies to find the best test that meets our standards for accuracy and also fits our point of care model to have actionable results for our patients and our clients.

As always, please contact the Corporate Services Department (815-654-2300) or your Account Representative for more information. We will continue to update you as the situation changes.


NEW PATIENT ENTRANCE SCREENING PROCEDURE

Due to the rollout of our Curbside Care program, our clinics are extremely safe for your employees to enter. Curbside Care is our process to create a safe, virus-free environment in our clinic. All patients are now screened at the clinic entrance for fever and are required to answer a short questionnaire relating to potential symptoms of COVID-19, travel, and direct exposure to a documented positive COVID-19 patient.

If your applicant/employee (for any type of visit) has no symptoms and answers to the questionnaire raise no concerns for COVID-19, their Occupational Medicine visit will continue as usual.

If your applicant/employee has symptoms (including fever) or answers to the questionnaire raise concerns for COVID-19, their visit will be treated as below:

FOR PRE EMP/POST OFFER, DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING, DOT SERVICES, AND OTHER TESTING
(if symptoms or questionnaire answers raise concerns for COVID-19)

The patient will be provided documentation to return to you, stating the visit was discontinued for your records.

Patients with indicated symptoms may return for their services in 72 hours as long as they have been symptom-free, except for those patients who have traveled to a high-risk area or have had exposure to a documented positive COVID-19 patient. Those, especially high-risk patients, may return in 14 days as long as they are symptom-free. All patients will be screened again on any return visits.

FOR WORKERS’ COMP TREATMENT
(if symptoms or questionnaire answers raise concerns for COVID-19)

The patient will have their WC visit treated through our Curbside Care program (in their car).

CURBSIDE CARE cannot accommodate Sutures, X-rays, Eye injuries & Drug & Alcohol testing.

Patients requiring X-rays or sutures will be redirected to the Emergency Room.

FITNESS FOR DUTY EXAMS
(if symptoms or questionnaire answers raise concerns for COVID-19)

The patient cannot be cleared for work because we are not yet able to test for COVID-19.


SUSPENDING TESTING

We are temporarily suspending all Pulmonary Function Testing due to the increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 to our staff and patients. We will not be able to perform any Silica and Asbestos clearance testing during this time.

Standard Respirator Clearance Tests can be performed with the omission of the Pulmonary Function Test.

Annual Fire Fighter exams are temporarily suspended.

We are also suspending FIT testing due to a national shortage of personal protective equipment; unless your applicant or employee presents with their own testing mask/respirator.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.


As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread in the U.S., we are working to answer employers’ questions on how to keep their employees safe.  Many employers are developing infection control strategies to prevent the spread of infection.  We encourage you to visit the OSHA website for more information on COVID-19 Control and Prevention.

A few standard tips offered by OSHA include:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.