COVID-19 Information

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Memorial Hospital is working to protect our patients, visitors, staff and community. We are working with the Randolph County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
COVID-19 Testing

Updated 01/04/21

CALL 618-826-4581 ext 0 to register.

TESTING HOURS:

Monday-Friday 8:00am-2:00pm

Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-Noon

Located behind the hospital until further notice.

  1. Call to register: 618-826-4581 ext 0 (zero). You will be instructed of your testing location when you register.

  2. DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR! Call when you arrive to your testing location and someone will come out to test you.

  3. After you are tested, you are PRESUMED POSITIVE until you are contacted with your results. You will need to isolate yourself from others until you receive your results.

IDPH Patient Testing Instructions

COVID-19 Vaccination

Updated 01/13/21

View IDPH Vaccination data here: www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccinedata?county=Illinois

Vaccine Distribution: Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is expected to be limited at first, CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first. CDC’s recommendations are based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent panel of medical and public health experts.

 

The recommendations were made with these goals in mind:

  • Decrease death and serious disease as much as possible.

  • Preserve functioning of society.

  • Reduce the extra burden COVID-19 is having on people already facing disparities.

 

CDC recommends that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be allocated to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents.

 

Currently, Randolph County is completing phase 1a groups. Information will be made public when this transition timeframe is announced so that we can begin to offer vaccine to those in phase 1b groups. The local hospitals along with the health department will work diligently to vaccinate those who seek the vaccine as long as the supply can meet the demand.

As vaccine availability increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups.The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities of vaccine are available. The Illinois Department of Public Health has adopted this distribution framework and is providing direction to local jurisdictions on the timeframe for transitioning to the next phase, the plan is to transition as an entire state following the completion of phase 1a. Currently, Randolph County is completing phase 1a groups, this phase is projected to last until the end of January or first of February.

 

Long Term Care facilities – Specifically the Skilled Nursing Facilities have either received vaccination or are scheduled to receive the vaccination through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership program. Once all of skilled nursing facilities are vaccinated other congregate care settings such as assisted living facilities will receive vaccine. This is a program developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health to vaccinate individuals who work or reside in congregate care settings to ensure that this population is vaccinated. However, this will take time and effort to complete and we ask for your patience and understanding as we vaccinate family members who reside in these facilities. It is our goal to offer and vaccinate every individual who wants the vaccine.

Phase 1a. CDC made this recommendation on December 3, 2020.

 

Healthcare Personnel to include EMS

Learn more about why it’s important that healthcare personnel get vaccinated and who is included.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/hcp.html (Updated 12/28/2020)

 

Long-term Care Facility Residents

Learn more about why it’s important that residents of long-term care facilities get vaccinated and who is included.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/LTCF-residents.html (Updated 12/28/20)

 

Groups who should be offered vaccination next (Phases 1b and 1c)CDC recommends that, in the next phases (Phase 1b and Phase 1c), vaccination should be offered to people in the following groups. CDC madethis recommendation on December 22, 2020.

 

Phase 1b

Once Illinois makes substantial progress in Phase 1A and federal vaccine deliveries increase, Phase 1B will include frontline essential workers and residents age 65 and over. The frontline essential workers designation includes many residents who carry a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their work duties, often because they are unable to work from home, and/or they must work closely to others without being able to socially distance. This include first responders, education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers and inmates, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and staff at shelters and day cares. To provide more equitable vaccine access to elder populations given data showing people of color die of COVID-19 at younger ages, Illinois lowered the age eligibility recommended by ACIP by 10 years, from age 75 to age 65.

  • Frontline essential workers such as fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers.)

  • People aged 75 years and older because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 75 years and older who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a

Information will be made public when this transition timeframe is announced so that we can begin to offer vaccine to those in p hase 1b groups. The local hospitals and healthcare providers along with the health department will work diligently to vaccinate those who seek the vaccine as long as the supply can meet the demand.

Phase 1c

  • People aged 65—74 years because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 65—74 years who are also residents of long-term care facilities should be offered vaccination in Phase 1a.

  • People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.

  • Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety,and public health.

As vaccine availability increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups.The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities of vaccine are available. The Illinois Department of Public Health has adopted this distribution framework and is providing direction to local jurisdictions on the timeframe for transitioning to the next phase, the plan is to transition as an entire state following the completion of phase 1a.

Get Answers to Your Vaccination Questions:

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

American Hospital Association (AHA)

Elective Procedures

Resume May 11, 2020

618-826-4581 ext 1339

Through guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding Elective Surgeries and Procedures, Memorial Hospital of Chester will be resuming Elective Outpatient and Inpatient Procedures beginning May, 11, 2020. Please be assured that we are following all state and federal guidelines and precautions will remain in place to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.

All individuals scheduled for an elective surgery will be tested for COVID-19 72 hours prior to their procedure.

Contact your primary care provider to schedule your electives at Memorial Hospital.

Memorial Hospital's COVID-19 Hotline

Available Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

618-826-4581 ext 1339

Staff members will be available to answer your COVID-19 questions regarding testing and what to do if you were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Is Memorial Hospital testing for COVID-19?

Yes. Call 618-826-4581 ext. 0 (zero) to register. Please do not present inside the hospital for testing. Once you have registered you will be instructed to drive around to the back of the hospital to the blockade with signs about testing. Remain in your vehicle. Someone will come out to your vehicle to verify your name and date of birth and perform your test through your open vehicle window. You will then be given a sheet with instructions.

I was exposed to a positive COVID-19 patient. What do I do?

  • The health department should contact you if you have had exposure to someone who has tested positive. However, if you are having symptoms you need to call your provider and explain those and your exposure and determine if you need tested. If you are not having symptoms and feel that you were exposed, you need to stay home, monitor your temp and your symptoms. Report any symptoms and/or fever to your provider.

  • IDPH: What to do if you were potentiallyexposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease(COVID-19)

  • Are you having symptoms? Fever, Sore throat, cough, shortness of breath?

Yes

Call your provider and explain your symptoms and he/she will determine if you need testing or if you need to stay home.

No

  • Monitor you symptoms twice a day and report any symptoms to your provider

  • Stay at home.

Can a person go directly to the hospital for testing?

Yes. If you are NOT in need of medical screening and only wish to be tested for COVID-19 call 618-826-4581 ext. 0 (zero) to register. Please do not present inside the hospital for testing. Once you have registered you will be instructed to drive around to the back of the hospital to the blockade with signs about testing. Remain in your vehicle. Someone will come out to your vehicle to verify your name and date of birth and perform your test through your open vehicle window. You will then be given a sheet with instructions.

Is the ER still open?

Yes. We welcome anyone who feels that they need to be seen.

Memorial Hospital Patient and Visitor Information

Updated 11/10/2020

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to evolve, we want our patients to know that their health and safety is our top priority of Memorial Hospital and our locations. We are implementing the following precautions to help protect our community:

If you develop:

  • A fever

  • Symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough and shortness of breath

  • Have traveled to an affected area

  • Or have been in close contact with a person confirmed to have the COVID-19

Stay home unless you feel like you need medical attention.

You should call your healthcare professional before presenting to discuss your health status.

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  • Chester Clinic - 618-826-2388

  • Steeleville Family Practice - 618-965-3382

  • Therapy & Sports Rehab Center - 618-826-4588

 

  • STARTING November 11, 2020 our Visitor Policy will change to the following:

    • NO VISITORS starting November 11, 2020. This is a necessary part of our efforts to protect patients and staff against the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

      • Exceptions:

        • Pediatric in-patients will be allowed 2 visitors their entire length of stay.

        • In-patients at the end-of-life, will be allowed 2 visitors their entire length of stay.

        • In-patients with behavioral health needs, developmental delays or altered mental status, will be allowed 1 visitor their entire length of stay.

        • Emergency or Convenient Care patients, 1 person, including pediatrics.

        • Those with an appointment in an outpatient area please come alone if you are able. If assistance is needed please limit to 1 person. We ask that only 1 person attend appointments for a child.

      • For visitors who fall within the above exceptions, please note:

        • A mask must be worn at all times, even while in a patient.

        • Everyone will be screened before entering.

        • No one experiencing signs of illness will be allowed.

        • You must not have had contact with someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

        • Anyone under the age of 12 is not permitted

        • You must wash your hands.

        • Must remain with patient at all times, no access to waiting areas, cafeterias, etc.

        • The approved visitor(s) is/are the only visitor(s) for that patients entire length of stay.

        • If you develop any symptoms, immediately notify the patient’s care team.

    • Please know that we recognize the importance of family and friends to our patients, and will evaluate this policy regularly. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these extraordinary times.

  • New MAIN ENTRANCE HOURS during this time will be Mon-Fri 7a-5p, Sat-Sun CLOSED. After 5pm and on weekends please use the ER entrance.

  • The following exceptions and precautions will remain in place: This is a necessary part of our efforts to protect patients and staff against the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

  • Pediatric in-patients will be allowed 2 visitors their entire length of stay.

  • In-patients at the end-of-life, will be allowed 2 visitors their entire length of stay.

  • In-patients with behavioral health needs, developmental delays or altered mental status, will be allowed 1 visitor their entire length of stay.

  • Emergency or Convenient Care patients, 1 person, including pediatrics.

  • Those with an appointment in an outpatient area please come alone if you are able. If assistance is needed please limit to 1 person. We ask that only 1 person attend appointments for a child.

 

For visitors who fall within the above exceptions, please note:

  • Everyone will be screened before entering.

  • No one experiencing signs of illness will be allowed.

  • You must not have had contact with someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

  • Anyone under the age of 12 is not permitted as a visitor.

  • You must wash your hands.

  • Must remain with patient at all times, no access to waiting areas, cafeterias, etc.

  • The approved visitor(s) is/are the only visitor(s) for that patient's entire length of stay.

  • If you develop any symptoms, immediately notify the patient’s care team.

 

Please know that we recognize the importance of family and friends to our patients, and will evaluate this policy regularly. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these extraordinary times.

  • Chester Clinic, Steeleville Family Practice, and the Therapy & Sports Rehab Center are currently screening all patients during their registration process. Only 1 visitor per patient will be allowed if necessary. We ask if you can attend your appointment on your own, that you do so.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 will be permitted.

  • At this time vendors will be limited and may be turned away. Individuals such as clergy and representatives that may be necessary for specialized equipment will be screened.

  • If you need to bring a child in for an appointment, we ask that only one adult attend that child. Arrangements can be made to phone conference in an additional person if necessary. Please try to not bring additional children to appointments or to the ER if possible.

  • At this time all public classes and extracurricular activities at all of Memorial Hospital’s locations have been suspended until further notice.

  • If you have a scheduled appointment at Memorial Hospital, Therapy & Sports Rehab Center, Chester Clinic or Steeleville Family Practice, your appointment has NOT been cancelled. Regularly scheduled appointments are being performed as usual with the listed precautions in place. You may receive a call to be pre-screened prior to your appointment. Please call if you have any questions.

  • Memorial Hospital’s staff and environmental services employees are working diligently to make sure all surfaces are cleaned frequently, this includes high traffic and frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, registration areas, chairs, handrails, etc.

  • In order to keep our patients safe, Memorial Hospital employees have been educated on the precautions they need to take each day to keep themselves and the ones they come in contact with safe. These include practicing proper hand hygiene, cleaning surfaces in their area frequently, and monitoring their health daily. If employees feel sick they have been informed that they need to stay home until they are fever free for over 24 hours.

  • Memorial Hospital’s cafeteria will be closed to outside visitors starting March 19, 2020 and until further notice.

A team is meeting regularly to monitor the situation and ensure we have the appropriate training, resources and expertise to manage suspected or confirmed cases. The team is also working to ensure we have plans in place in the event we see a surge of patients in our emergency departments.

Questions & Answers:

What should I do if I am sick?

We ask you to call the hospital or one of our rural health clinics before you arrive to go through an over the phone screening. Depending on your symptoms, you may be asked to stay home at that time or given special instructions regarding your arrival at one of our locations. Keep in mind there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill can isolate at home. Mildly ill patients are encouraged to stay home. Patients who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, are recommended to seek care immediately. Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised are recommended to contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.

View more information from the CDC here.

 

Is Memorial Hospital closing for outpatient services?

At this time specialty clinic services will remain open and will be pre-screened the day before their appointment over the phone. Diagnostic testing will still be performed based on recommendations from your doctor.

 

When is the Therapy & Sports Rehab Center open?

Therapy & Sports Rehab Center New hours beginning Monday, January 4, 2021:

OPEN Monday, Wednesday and Friday

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

After Care

beginning Friday, November 20, 2020:

After Care will be suspended until further notice.

Is Memorial Hospital conducting COVID-19 testing at their facility?

Yes. Call 618-826-4581 ext. 0 (zero) to register. Please do not present inside the hospital for testing. Once you have registered you will be instructed on your drive-up testing location. Remain in your vehicle. Someone will come out to your vehicle to verify your name and date of birth and perform your test through your open vehicle window. You will then be given a sheet with instructions.

 

Have there been any positive cases in Randolph County?

You can view the latest details on current infection rates in Illinois on the IDPH website here.

 

Important Links:

Illinois Corona Virus Response from the State of Illinois:

coronavirus.illinois.gov

 

Daily press conferences at 2:30pm from the State of Illinois.

illinois.gov/livevideo

More about COVID-19

The symptoms, transmission, treatment and recovery are similar in many ways to influenza. Both the flu and COVID-19 cause mild to moderate respiratory illness, though some cases have been severe.

COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person by respiratory droplets, such as when someone who is sick coughs or sneezes. Symptoms for COVID-19 usually appear two to 14 days after initial exposure to the disease.

To help protect yourself, remember to take the following steps to reduce your risk of infection from COVID-19, the flu or even the common cold:

  • Wash your hands frequently.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Avoid contact with others who are sick.

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue and wash your hands.

  • Stay home if you are sick.

More details about the coronavirus can be found on the CDC’s website.

Please do not visit the hospital if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Headache

  • Body ache

Protect Yourself From the Flu
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
  • If you are sick with flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.

  • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.

  • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.

  • CDC recommends prompt antiviral treatment of people who are severely ill and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications who develop flu symptoms.

  • For people with high-risk factors, treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.

  • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 48 hours of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health condition or is very sick from flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.

  • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people, especially children, may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may also be infected with flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

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