TESTING AND TREATMENT INFORMATION

COVID-19

HERE FOR YOU BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER COVID

Emediate Cure is committed to helping the Joliet and Shorewood communities beat COVID-19. Both of our locations offer comprehensive testing services, including rapid and antibody tests, as well as COVID-19 treatment options such as monoclonal antibodies. Appointments are not required for testing, but they are required for monoclonal antibody treatment, so please call ahead to schedule. For more information, please call one of our centers.

COVID-19 Testing Services

Rapid Antigen Test

Available 7 Days a Week. Results in 15 Minutes or Less.

The rapid COVID-19 antigen test is ideal for quickly screening patients for an active COVID-19 infection. The test is done via nasal swab and rapidly detects fragments of proteins found on or within the virus. Currently, we are administering the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA test from Quidel at both of our locations, which has received emergency use authorization from the FDA. Antigen tests allow us to test more people per day and can help contain the spread of COVID-19. See below for some frequently asked questions.

Rapid Antigen Test – Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS SOFIA RAPID TESTING FOR COVID-19?

The rapid COVID test by Quidel — called the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA — is what is known as an “antigen” test. Designed to detect specific proteins in the body from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens (nasal swabs), the Quidel test can produce results in as little as 15 minutes. This test specifically has been approved for emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA.

Who should get a rapid antigen test?

If you’re experiencing any symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, such as cough, shortness of breath, and persistent fever, or are in the at-risk group, then your healthcare provider may determine that a rapid COVID-19 test is necessary.

What is the difference between rapid antigen tests and other COVID-19 tests?

Antigen tests detect proteins found in the virus that cause COVID-19. Other tests, such as PCR tests (also referred to as molecular tests), detect genetic material from the virus. If you were to test negative for COVID-19 after an antigen test, yet still suspect you have the virus, your healthcare provider may recommend a PCR test to help provide clarity. If another test is not available to you, the CDC recommends staying in isolation until you have met all 3 of the following criteria:

  • You have NOT had a fever for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Your other symptoms (such as shortness of breath or cough) have noticeably improved.
  • A minimum of 7 days have gone by since the beginning of your symptoms.
What are the risks and benefits of the rapid antigen test?

Risks are minimal and include:

  • Potential discomfort or other complications that may occur during nasal swab sample collection.
  • Possible incorrect test results (see below for more information).

The benefits of the rapid COVID-19 test far outweigh the risks and include:

  • The results obtained from your test can help your healthcare provider make informed decisions when it comes to the best course of care.
  • The results can help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 to members of your family or others in your local community.
  • You’ll get results in a shorter amount of time, giving you peace of mind and allowing more people to be tested each day.
What happens if my results come back positive?

If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. You may be placed in isolation to avoid spreading the virus to others. There is a very small chance that this test can give a false-positive result. Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on your test result(s) along with your medical history and your symptoms.

Antibody Test

Available 7 Days a Week.

A COVID-19 antibody test can help determine if an individual has had a COVID-19 infection in the past by measuring for COVID-19 antibodies in the blood. It is not used to detect a current infection. Currently, we are administering antibody tests at both of our locations, which have emergency use authorization from the FDA and the highest rate of accuracy available.

Antibody Test – Frequently Asked Questions

How does COVID-19 antibody testing work?

The Beckman Coulter antibody test looks for IgG and IgM antibodies in your blood using the spike protein, which is uniquely found in the COVID-19 virus. The test requires a simple blood draw, and results are usually available in 1 – 2 days.

Who should get the antibody test?

Anyone who feels they may have had COVID-19 or been exposed to it can get an antibody test.

Why should I get the antibody test?

An antibody test will provide a conclusive answer as to whether or not you have had COVID-19 or received a false positive test result. Knowing if antibodies are present in your blood can help you make informed decisions about your healthcare and activities to participate in moving forward.

What does a positive result mean?

A positive result to an antibody test means that COVID-19 antibodies were detected in your blood. At this time, the presence of COVID-19 antibodies does not mean that you are immune to getting the virus again or that you cannot pass it onto others.

What does a negative result mean?

A negative result to an antibody test means that COVID-19 antibodies were not detected in your blood. This means that you either have never had COVID-19 or that you have not yet developed strong enough antibodies to be detected. There is also a small chance of a false negative result with antibody tests.

Workplace Testing

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In order to keep your employees safe and your business open and thriving, Emediate Cure is available to provide onsite testing for your staff. Please contact our management team directly at 779-223-3361 for more information and to schedule testing.

COVID-19 Treatment Services

Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

Monoclonal antibody infusion is one of the leading treatments for the COVID-19 virus. Monoclonal antibodies act as a substitute to help our immune systems mimic a natural defense to COVID-19, helping fight the virus faster and more efficiently. This treatment is available to patients who test positive for COVID-19, have shown symptoms for less than 10 days and are at high risk of suffering from COVID-19 complications.

Monoclonal Antibody Infusions – Frequently Asked Questions

Who can get a monoclonal antibody infusion?

Patients 12 years and older who test positive for COVID-19, have shown symptoms for less than 10 days, and have one of the following:

  • Are 65 years and older
  • Have a BMI of more than 25 kg/m2
  • Currently pregnant
  • Have a medical condition, including:
    • Cancer
    • High blood pressure
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Cardiovascular disease (including congenital heart disease, hypertension)
    • Diabetes
    • Down syndrome
    • Dementia
    • Liver disease
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Immunosuppressive disease or immunosuppressive treatment
  • Current or former smoker
  • History of stroke or cerebrovascular disease
  • Current or history of substance abuse
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders or other conditions that confer medical complexity
  • Medical-related technological dependence (e.g., tracheostomy, gastrostomy
How does monoclonal antibody infusion work?

Once infused, monoclonal antibodies attach to the spike protein of the COVID-19 virus and block the virus’ ability to enter healthy cells, slowing down the infection.

How is a monoclonal antibody infusion done?

The infusion is done via IV at one of our locations. Our staff will perform a physical evaluation beforehand, and once approved, the patient can receive the infusion on-site. Following the infusion, patients need to stay at the clinic for one hour to monitor any potential side effects.

Joliet Location

1508 Essington Rd, Unit 5,

Joliet IL 60435

Monday – Sunday

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Shorewood Location

1039 Brook Forest Ave.

Shorewood, IL 60404

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9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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North Plainfield Location

Coming Fall 2022

11914 Rte 59, Suite 124.

North Plainfield, IL 50585

Monday- Sunday

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