As of Thursday March 26, 2020, CGH has tested 143 individuals for COVID-19. Of these tests, the hospital has received 2 positive and 51 negative results.
Please note: COVID-19 testing is done through IDPH or commercial labs. As they have all been inundated with COVID-19 testing, the turnaround time for results has grown to 5+ days. Therefore, based on recommendations from IDPH and CDC, testing is NOT recommended for all patients. Testing IS recommended for SEVERE infection (those in the hospital) or those in long term care facilities.
The over-testing of patients with mild to moderate symptoms by other health systems and organizations has contributed to the longer turnaround times for testing results. This could potentially delay a diagnosis for those who are critically ill, affect their treatment and adversely impact the safety of employees providing that care.