They stood, dressed in medical gloves, gowns and masks, jostled by the gusting winds, gathering information and dispensing care to those in need.
Week One of the Curbside Care program offered by Community Health Care Inc. appeared to be a success.
At four locations — Davenport, Rock Island, Moline and Clinton — CHC workers saw an average of 90 patients per outlet each day, each experiencing respiratory illness.
Curbside Care began Monday, March 16, and will resume at 8 a.m. Monday, March 23. Those in need of respiratory tests are asked to call ahead and make an appointment with CHC at 563-336-3000.
"Every person we see outside is one person we keep out of the ER and out of the clinics, so that patients that are not sick can be seen for their well-kids visits and their diabetes and their chronic conditions,'' said Sarah Jauron, nurse practitioner and Curbside Care lead.
"We don't want them around the people that are sick,'' Jauron added. "If my dad goes to the ER with chest pain, I know actions like we are taking will allow him to be seen. We are here to keep sick people from the clinics and keep them from the ER.''
The way Curbside Care works is rather simple. You make an appointment, receive a prescribed time to appear, then pull your vehicle into the designated area of the CHC. A pair of providers will then assist you.
Jauron said Curbside Care is following the guidelines for COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CHC will conduct a screening process in accordance with the CDC, including collecting specimens of respiratory pathogens. However, Curbside Care does not guarantee its COVID-19 testing.
"Screenings are important,'' Jauron said. "Especially with limited COVID-19 tests available.''
Despite an up and down week of weather, Jauron said the first five days of CHC's Curbside Care were a success.
"It's been great that so may have come together to make this happen,'' she said, adjusting her Nike headband while fighting the gusting winds. "You really don't think about the surroundings, the weather; you just know what you are doing eases the burden with what we are dealing with, and that's what's important.''
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