IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR EMPLOYERS
We continue to provide the services you need with your employees’ safety as our highest priority.
RETURN TO WORK STRATEGY
We can evaluate all of your employees for COVID-19 to determine if they can safely RETURN TO WORK in a prompt manner.
We offer two RETURN TO WORK processes:
- For those who have not had a previous positive COVID-19 test, we will perform an examination and COVID-19 test.
- For those who have previously tested positive for COVID-19, the employee can return to work when the employee meets the criteria below
- For those that were symptomatic, at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND
- at least 24 hours with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms
- If the employee is immunocompromised or was severely ill in the hospital, they may need to wait up to 20 days before returning. They should consult with their medical provider.
- If the employee never had symptoms, then they should wait 10 days after the positive test result.
This method follows the CDC symptom-based strategy for 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 may simply identify dead virus particles that are still present. A test-based strategy for return to work may needlessly keep people from working that are no longer infected with COVID-19 and are unable to transmit it to others. Our symptom-based return to work strategy has proven to be safe and effective.
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
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.
REGISTRATION SCREENING FOR PRE EMP/POST OFFER, DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING, DOT SERVICES, AND OTHER TESTING
All candidates (patients) will be screened during registration to see if they are symptomatic or have had exposure to a positive COVID-19 case within the last two weeks. If they respond affirmatively to any of the screening questions, they will be allowed to enter the clinic but will be examined in our high-risk exam room.
FOR WORKERS’ COMP TREATMENT
(if symptoms or questionnaire answers raise concerns for COVID-19)
The patient can still have their WC visit treated at the clinic. Information about their COVID-19 concerns will be included in the Work Status report. They will be required to wait in their car until they are ready to be seen (unless an urgent situation).
PULMONARY FUNCTION TESTING
Physicians Immediate Care has been working hard to ensure all our services are delivered with a high standard of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. With new protocols and equipment to fight the spread of respiratory illnesses, we are ready to welcome you back to our clinics for Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT), Silica and Asbestos clearance testing, and Annual Fire Fighter exams.
Special procedure rooms have been prepared at all locations to safely accommodate these tests. Our rooms are equipped with advanced COVID-19 prevention measures unequaled by any other occupational health center in the area. In addition to our standard prevention measures, our rooms are equipped with specialized HVAC for increased airflow, are sterilized using UVC light, and are equipped with AIr Purification Technology which lowers the level of contaminants in the air, through a process known as bipolar ionization and UVC air sterilization. This unique approach significantly improves our clinic air quality.
Please note that our Six Corners is still unable to accommodate respiratory tests at this time; therefore, Respirator Clearance exams, Silica & Asbestos exams, and Fire Fighter exams are not available at this location. For these services, we would be happy to welcome you to our other clinic locations.
An appointment is required for Silica and Asbestos clearance testing and Annual Fire Fighter exams. Contact Occupational Health Sales at 224-220-4482 to schedule.