Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What Illinois is Doing

Protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of Illinoisans is Governor Pritzker’s top priority. The administration continues to work closely with local health departments, county officials and federal partners to put systems in place to respond to COVID-19. This website will provide the latest news releases related to coronavirus, video archives of press conferences and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe.

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How to Prepare

It’s important to prepare for a situation where you may become ill. These simple things are useful for all types of illnesses, but especially given the need to stay at home with COVID-19.

Best Ways to Prevent

Simple steps you can take to reduce the Likelihood of infection and cross-contamination.

Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know about COVID-19 and your risks.​

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River Radio Covid 19 Resource Page

THE SIH 24 Hour Covid 19 Hotline     (844-988-7800)

SIH Drive Through Testing

SIH now has three drive through testing clinics for individuals who meet the criteria for additional analysis through the hotline’s screening process.

  • The testing locations are not open to the public. 
  • They are specifically for patients with a provider’s referral through the hotline. SIH staff donned in personal protective equipment, or PPE, will perform specimen collection, or nasal swabs, for COVID-19, flu and other respiratory illnesses through the driver’s side or passenger side window.
  •  Patients will not have to leave their cars.

SIH will rely on Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and/or commercial laboratories to perform the COVID-19 tests if indicated after flu and other respiratory symptoms are ruled out.  It offers fewer potentially infectious touch points than a traditional office visit

Step-by-Step Process

  1. Call the SIH COVID-19 Hotline at 844.988.7800 for determination.
  2. For individuals who meet criteria warranting additional testing, they’ll receive individualized instruction on how to proceed. Drive through testing requires an electronic order from a provider associated with the hotline.
  3. Arrive for testing during site business hours. Individuals remain in their vehicle throughout the process. Medical professionals will test you in your car.
  4. Results are expected within four to seven days.

Patient Privacy

SIH is committed to protecting the confidentiality of our patient’s health information. In so doing, taking pictures and/or videotaping of any identifiable patient information that includes vehicle license plates is strictly prohibited.  

SIH facilities are testing in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. As the situation changes, our procedures will continue to evolve.

SIH Hospital Visitation Policy (New 3/22/20)

Due to the ongoing threat of community transmission involving the COVID-19 virus, SIH has announced a no-visitor policy for patients hospitalized in our facilities. 

This decision, effective immediately, was made in the best interest of our patients and staff. SIH thanks the community for its understanding and support of difficult decisions such as this as we work to keep our region safe. 

Exceptions: 

  • Birthing Center patients may have one dedicated support person.
  • Pediatric/Special Care Nursery patients may have one parent/guardian at a time. 
  • Patients with behavioral health, developmental delays or altered mental status for whom a family member or caregiver is integral to their care or safety may have one dedicated support person.
  • Patients in the Emergency Department may have one dedicated support person.
  • Patients at end-of-life may have one dedicated support person.
  • Other considerations made on a case-by-case basis when essential to ensure the emotional well-being and care of the patient. The house supervisor would clear this. 

All visitors to SIH facilities will undergo a temperature check and COVID-19 screening upon entry. Entry will be denied for those with fever, respiratory symptoms or exposure risk. Visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted at this time. 

 

Tracking the Virus

The Current Numbers from the CDC 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

The Current Numbers from the Johns Hopkins University Medicine

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

CDC Guidelines for Prevention

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Mental Health

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.