Health

Blessing text service now available

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 1, 2020 4:30 pm Updated: Apr. 1, 2020 11:08 pm

QUINCY -- Blessing Health System is partnering with CareSignal, a St. Louis-based digital health company, to provide up-to-date COVID-19 information to patients and the public.

Blessing's "COVID Companion" is a free text messaging program to provide guidance about the virus through key recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To subscribe, users text "BLESSING" to 67634. No download, login, internet or computer is required.

Blessing's COVID Companion will ask basic questions to link users with information specific to their needs. Users will receive CDC-based prevention tips and recommendations on what to do if they have COVID-19 symptoms, plus ways to connect with public health resources. Users over age 60 or with a chronic disease are directed to information for high-risk populations.

"Helping people understand their health is as much a part of caregiving as taking vital signs," said Maureen Kahn, president and chief executive officer of Blessing Health System and Blessing Hospital. "COVID Companion provides people with the dependable information they need at their fingertips, to understand and respond appropriately and effectively to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

"This is a public health crisis. Managing a public health crisis requires a community response based on understandable, evidenced-based information that is easily accessed. COVID Companion provides that."

Standard message or data rates may apply. COVID Companion will not send data to a user's doctor. It is not a replacement for medical care or emergency services. Individuals who feel sick and are starting to feel worse or short of breath, should seek professional medical attention. In case of an emergency, call 911.

More information is at blessinghealth.org/covid19.