COVID-19 Updates

Local Statistics

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

    Total Cases   Total Deaths
  Bureau County 3,518 80
  Putnam County 440 3
  Marshall County 976 17

When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

At this time, the Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall county allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine is limited.  As soon as enough vaccines become available, the Health Department will begin vaccinating people in high-risk categories, and eventually the general public. Our staff is preparing to do our part to support the Health Department in delivering the vaccine to the community safely and fairly.

In Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall dounties, the Health Department will be responsible for all community vaccinations.  We recommend following the Health Department on Facebook and checking their website frequently for the latest updates.

What should I do if I am experiencing COVID-like symptoms or if I may have been exposed?

The most important thing you can do is stay home and quarantine yourself from others.  It takes 2 to 14 days after exposure for symptoms to appear, and it may take up to five days before COVID-19 is detectable by a test.  Unless you start exhibiting symptoms, we caution you to wait and avoid getting tested too soon.

If you are experiencing respiratory issues or other symptoms, call the COVID Communication Line at 815-875-4531 to speak with medical staff 24/7.

If it is an emergency, call 911, tell the dispatcher your symptoms.  If possible, remember to bring all of these items.

Our goal is to minimize exposure of patients and staff to COVID-19.  If you experiencing symptoms, call ahead before visiting any Perry clinic, provider, or facility.

What is the COVID Communication Line and how do I get tested?

The COVID Communication Line can be reach 24/7 hours a day by calling 815-875-4531, option 5.  Healthcare professionals will review your symptoms and potential exposure, and help you make a plan of what to do next. 

A telehealth visit may be required to guide you through the next steps.  If testing is needed, you will receive instructions on when and where to go for the COVID-19 test. 

Testing is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and weekends, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For pre-surgical patients, COVID-19 tests will be collected by the PMH Laboratory staff during regular hours.

*Calling the COVID Communication Line does not guarantee you will be tested.  Our staff will evaluate whether your circumstances fit the testing criteria.

What if I don't have a primary care provider at Perry?

You can still be tested for COVID-19 at Perry Memorial Hospital by following the steps below:

  • If you HAVE a primary care provider with another organization, they can order the test at Perry by calling our COVID Communication Line:  815-875-4531.  

  • If you DON'T HAVE any current primary care provider, our nurse practitioner Rebekka Root will set up a telehealth visit with you to evaluate your symptoms.  A COVID test or another treatment plan may be ordered based on her evaluation.  Call the COVID Communication Line to get started.

What are the COVID test prices?

The following prices are for the test only.  Additional laboratory fees may apply.

  • COVID Antigen (Rapid) Test:  $75
  • Molecular (PCR) COVID Unity Point Test:  $190
  • In-house COVID Molecular (PCR) Test:  $116

*The cost for testing is covered by most insurance plans or through government-sponsored programs.

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 available in the Laboratory during outpatient hours.  Once your provider has submitted the order for the test, call 815-876-2050 or 815-876-3313 to schedule the blood draw.

  • Blood SARS-COV-2 Total Antibody Test = $79 with a $34 venipuncture charge (total = $113)

*The cost for testing should be covered by most insurance plans or through government-sponsored programs.

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): 815-872-5091
  • Putnam County (Hennepin): 815-925-7326
  • Marshall County (Lacon): 309-246-8074

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?

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.


Are visitors allowed to enter Perry Memorial Hospital?

One visitor will be allowed to accompany patients to appointments or the ED, or visit inpatients.  If a COVID patient is present in the ED, no visitors will be allowed in the patient rooms.  The ED waiting room will be open for visitors while you wait for your loved one.  

All visitors must be at least 18 years old.  All visitors will be screened and 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.