COVID-19 Updates

SYMPTOMS

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

What should I do if I am experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

What should I do if I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

 

TESTING

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

What is the testing process at Perry Memorial Hospital?

Is antibody testing available?

SAFETY

What is Perry Memorial Hospital doing to protect against COVID-19?

What are the entrance policies at Perry Memorial Hospital?

Are visitors allowed to enter Perry Memorial Hospital?

Are children allowed to enter Perry Memorial Hospital?

Are elective surgeries available at Perry Memorial Hospital?

What can I do to protect myself against COVID-19?

STATISTICS

What is the current situation of COVID-19 in Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall Counties?

What is the current situation of COVID-19 in Illinois?

Resources

What resources are available from the community?


SYMPTOMS

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, or diarrhea. 

If you are experience more severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing or persistent pressure in the chest, then you should contact your primary care provider immediately, or call 911, and explain your symptoms.

Not sure if you have the common cold, seasonal influenza, or the COVID-19 pandemic?  Check out our symptom comparison chart!

What should I do if I am experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

If you feel ill, even if you have mild symptoms, the most important thing you can do is stay home and quarantine yourself from others.  

COVID Communication Line is Available 24/7

If your condition worsens and you think you may have COVID-19, we ask you to call our COVID Communication Line and speak to a triage nurse.  This process allows adequate preparation and minimize exposure to other patients and staff.  Triage nurses are available at 815-875-4531.  If it is an emergency, call 911, tell the dispatcher your symptoms. 

What should I do if I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

If you have been around someone who tested positive for COVID-19, then you should stay home.  If takes 2 - 14 days after exposure for symptoms of COVID-19 to appear, and it may take up to five days before COVID-19 becomes detectable by a test.  Unless you start exhibiting symptoms, we caution you to wait and avoid getting tested too soon.

If you do start experiencing symptoms, we recommend you contact our COVID Communication Line at 815-875-4531 to see if you should be tested.


TESTING

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Testing for COVID-19 is available at Perry Memorial Hospital and the area health departments.  At this time, COVID-19 testing is not being done in any of Perry's clinic facilities, including Henry, Walnut, Prompt Care, or the Family Health Clinic. 

COVID-19 testing at Perry Memorial Hospital requires a provider order.  This may include patients who have called the COVID Communication Line and who are exhibiting symptoms or have been exposed.  It also includes anyone who is scheduled for a surgical procedure.  COVID-19 testing is scheduled through our Laboratory once the provider order has been submitted.

The Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall County Health Department is offering drive-up COVID-19 testing for scheduled appointments starting on September 2.  Testing is available on Wednesdays starting at 9:00 a.m. for scheduled appointments only.  No provider order needed.  Call 815-872-5091 to schedule the test.

What is the testing process at Perry Memorial Hospital?

After a provider order is submitted for the COVID-19 test, you must call to schedule your test at 815-876-4401.

Drive-up testing is held at Perry Memorial Hospital on weekdays, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for scheduled patients only.  Testing is held at the east side of the hospital under the canopy by the main entrance.  Do not exit your vehicle.  An employee will approach your vehicle to obtain consent and perform the collection.  Results can be obtained from the ordering provider within 1 - 4 days.

For those who receive a COVID-19 test, the cost is $190, which will be billed to your insurance provider.

Is antibody testing available?

COVID-19 antibody testing is locally available at Perry Memorial Hospital and at the Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall County Health Department.  You must be symptom-free for at least 14 days before the antibody test.  

Antibody Testing at Perry Memorial Hospital

Antibody testing is done in the Laboratory during outpatient hours.  Once your provider has submitted the order for the test, call 815-876-4401 to schedule the blood draw.

Antibody Testing at the Health Department

Antibody testing is done by appointment only.  The cost is $50.  To schedule an antibody test, call the appropriate number below:

  • Bureau County (Princeton): 815-872-0591
  • Putnam County (Hennepin): 815-925-7326
  • Marshall County (Lacon): 309-246-8074

SAFETY

What is Perry Memorial Hospital doing to protect against COVID-19?

Perry Memorial Hospital is continuing to monitor the evolving status of COVID-19 while working closely with the Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall County Health Department and following the guidelines set by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  The goal of everyone at Perry Memorial Hospital is to protect our communities and limit the spread of COVID-19.

What are the entrance policies at Perry Memorial Hospital?

Medical Office Building

The Medical Office Building (north) entrance on Park Avenue East will be locked at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.  The entrance is closed on weekends.  Patients and staff may continue to exit through the Medical Office Building doors after 5:00 p.m.

Entrance Screening

Entry into Perry Memorial Hospital is limited to two locations

  • the ED/Outpatient Registration Entrance (open 24/7)
  • the Medical Office Building Entrance on Park Avenue East (open 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays)

Every person is being screened at the entrance of every Perry facility, including Prompt Care and our clinics in Walnut and Henry.  Be prepared to answer questions about your symptoms and exposure to people with COVID-19.  The screening also includes a temperature check.  Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will not be allowed to enter the facility.

Mask Policies

Every person entering any Perry facility will be required to wear a mask for the entire time in the building.  Anyone without symptoms is required to wear a cloth mask.  You may wear your own mask, or masks are available at the entrances of every Perry facility.  Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to a known COVID-positive is required to wear a surgical mask, which will be provided at the entrance by our screening staff.

Other Locations

Perry Memorial Prompt Care, Perry Memorial Henry Clinic, and Perry Memorial Walnut Clinic will remain open for medical appointments and walk-in visits.  These locations are not appropriate if you feel you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  Instead, we recommend calling our COVID Communication Line at 815-875-4531 to discuss your symptoms.  You will be provided directions based on this conversation.  

Are visitors allowed to enter Perry Memorial Hospital?

No, at this time, visitors are not allowed.  However, a patient in need of support--physically or cognitively--may have one "Essential Support Person" accompany them to their appointment or visit them in the inpatient setting.  This person must be at least 18 years old.  All Essential Support Persons will be screened and are required to wear a mask during the visit or appointment.  

Are children allowed to enter Perry Memorial Hospital?

Anyone under the age of 18 may only enter a Perry facility if they are the patient.  Parents and guardians with an appointment should make arrangements for their children prior to the visit.

Are elective surgeries available at Perry Memorial Hospital?

As of May 11, 2020, IDPH is allowing elective surgeries and procedures, including services like colonoscopies, knee replacements, general surgery, etc.  Scheduled procedures may be rescheduled based on changes in our volume of COVID-related patients. 

Based on IDPH guidelines, anyone scheduled for a procedure should expect to receive a COVID-19 test within three days prior to the procedure.  Following the test, you will be required to self-quarantine until the time of the procedure.

What can I do to protect myself against COVID-19?

Wear a mask.  Watch your distance.  Wash your hands. 

Any time you cannot stay at least six feet from someone else, including vulnerable family members, we recommend wearing a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth.  If it gets wet, put on a new mask.

Wash your hands frequently, and take your time (at least 20 seconds).  Remember to wash your hands before and after touching any high-traffic surface, such as your car steering wheel or after using your electronic devices.

Always try to stay at least six feet apart.  By giving extra space, you lessen the chance of being exposed to COVID-19 for yourself and others.


STATISTICS

What is the current situation of COVID-19 in Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall Counties?

As of 11/18/20, there have been more than 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the three-county area.  The first case was reported on March 23, 2020.

  • Bureau County: 1758 confirmed cases (29 deaths)
  • Marshall County: 283 confirmed cases (5 deaths)
  • Putnam County: 177 confirmed cases

For the most up-to-date statistics, we recommend visiting the Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall County Health Department website.

As of Wednesday, November 4, Region 2 has been placed on resurgence mitigation due to an average daily positivity rate of more than 8%.

What is the current situation of COVID-19 in Illinois?

As of Wednesday, November 4, Illinois has started COVID-19 resurgence mitigation in response to a rising positivity rate.  Although Region 2 has the highest positivity rate, precautions are being taken in all 11 regions of Illinois.  For the latest statistics from across the state of Illinois, we recommend visiting the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website.


RESOURCES

What resources are available from the community?

We have compiled a list of resources from our community to support COVID-related needs, including mental health needs and grocery and prescription pickup.