COVID-19 (coronavirus): Information and resources for SIH patients and the community

For Immediate Release March 22, 2020 04:07:25 PM

SIH covid19

SIH is Committed to Keeping You & Your Family Healthy

Our team of infectious disease and emergency preparedness personnel continue to collaborate with local, state and federal officials regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). While COVID-19 is new, preparing for and responding to epidemics and pandemics (e.g., H1N1, Swine Flu, MERS, SARS, Ebola) isn’t. 

Signs & Symptoms

COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person by respiratory droplets, which occurs when someone who is sick coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms for COVID-19 usually appear two to 14 days after initial exposure to the disease.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What to Do if You are Sick and Suspect Exposure or Infection of COVID-19

COVID-19 testing supplies are limited, and screenings are being performed in consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC. Only high-risk patients that meet strict criteria are being tested at this time.

  • Call ahead before visiting your primary care physician (family doctor) to let them know you may have or have COVID-19. Wear a facemask when around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets.
  • Monitor your symptoms. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
  • If you have a medical emergency call 9-1-1, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated, for COVID-19.
  • Stay home except to receive medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day. This includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, keyboards, tablets, remote controls and bedside tables.
  • Follow CDC's recommendations for using a facemask.

Point of Entry, Visitor Changes

SIH has implemented changes to entry points at SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, SIH Herrin Hospital, and SIH St. Joseph Memorial Hospital until further notice. Entry to each hospital will be limited to the main and Emergency Department entrances. Signage is in place to direct flow into each hospital.

Upon entry, all patients and visitors will undergo a brief illness screening. Visitors will receive a badge, which will include the date of the visit and department and/or patient, room location, if visitors have symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, SIH respectfully asks those individuals to refrain from coming to the hospital at this time.

Effective Monday, March 23, SIH has made the decision to suspend visitation within its facilities until further notice. Exceptions are possible in extraordinary circumstances. Visitors who meet the exceptions will be screened before entering a waiting or patient care area.

Go to SIH Visitor Policy Changes >>