In early April, Humboldt Park Health opened its drive-through COVID-19 testing site. With the support from the Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Humboldt Park Health has been able to make testing available in its high-need service area. The Governor's Office provided testing supplies and other assistance, while community partners Rincon Family Services and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center helped with outreach. Since then, the hospital has conducted more than 8,200 tests.
COVID-19 testing is a crucial first step in stopping the spread of the virus. At the beginning, COVID-19 positivity rates at HPH reached as high as 50%. Rates have dropped since but remain two-to-three times higher than those in Chicago.
Testing has also illuminated the issues impacting families. During the testing process, staff ask patients about their needs. In response, the hospital has doubled the size of its food pantry, offers support services from the behavioral health program, and provides referrals for assistance with basic needs.
The hardworking staff at HPH have been key to launching the hospital's COVID-19 drive-through testing program. Thanks to them, our testing site has provided more than 8,200 tests to the Humboldt Park community since April.