Perry Memorial Hospital and Clinics continue to monitor the evolving status of COVID-19 and the Perry Team is prepared to handle the community’s concern working within the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Bureau County Health Department (BCHD) guidelines. Perry’s goal is to protect the public and limit the spread of COVID-19 here in Princeton and our surrounding communities. Note: there are two reported cases in Bureau County and one reported case in Marshall County as of 3-27-2020. There are still no confirmed cases in Putnam County.
If you feel ill, even if you have mild symptoms, stay home. If your condition worsens and you think you may have Coronavirus, we ask you to call and speak to a triage nurse to allow adequate preparation and minimize exposure to other patients and staff. Triage nurses are available at 815-875-4531. After 5 p.m., call 815-875-2811. If it is an emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms and share any recent travel history.
Starting Monday, March 30, all patients and supporting visitors entering a Perry building will be required to wear a mask. Cloth masks are available at the entrance to all facilities for non-symptomatic persons. Anyone with symptoms will be required to wear a surgical mask, provided at the entrance by our screening staff.
(Perry may update guidelines based on IDPH/BCHD direction)
Be prepared to answer screening questions. Keep in mind, the questions are subject to change based on IDPH/BCHD recommendations.
Have you traveled in the last 14 days?
Have you traveled to China, any other country, or a community in the United States where the coronavirus is spreading?
Have you had close contact with anyone diagnosed with known coronavirus (COVID-19) infection or who is under evaluation for possible exposure? (Close contact means having been within 6 feet of that person for an extended time or being exposed to their cough or sneeze.)
Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever, a cough (or other cold or flu-like symptoms), difficulty breathing or shortness of breath?
First an influenza test will be performed. This test will have results in approximately twenty (20) minutes.
If influenza is negative, a COVID-19 test authorization will be requested from BCHD / IDPH to receive authorization to administer a COVID-19 test. Results from this test can take up to 72 hours.
If a test is requested and not authorized by BCHD/IDPH, the patient will be financially responsible for the testing (some insurances may pay for the test).
Call First and Be Prepared to answer screening questions on the call. We will plan your visit and greet you at a coordinated entrance.
Perry Memorial Prompt Care: 815-875-2273
Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic: 815-875-4531
Perry Memorial Walnut Clinic: 815-379-2020
Perry Memorial Henry Clinic: 309-364-2002
Call first, and entrance arrangements will be communicated at the time of the call.
Your provider will then direct you to self-quarantine and the BCHD will become your contact over the 14-day quarantine period and will communicate test results when received.
If you have any questions concerning COVID-19 please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health Hotline at 1-800-889-3931.
Entry into the Perry Memorial Hospital will be limited to two entry points:
ED/Outpatient Registration 24/7 Entrance
Medical Office Building Entrance (Park Avenue East) 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Five Days a Week
All persons entering Perry buildings will be screened. This will include questions and a temperature check.
Each patient will be allowed up to one essential adult (anyone over the age of 18) support person at a time. If adult support person’s temperature is over 100.4, they will not be allowed in the building.
Persons visiting non-Perry owned specialty clinics will also be screened. Non-Perry owned specialty clinics will determine their ability to continue to care for patients.
Prompt Care, Walnut and Henry clinics will remain open for medical appointment visits. Note that those clinics are NOT appropriate if you feel you are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms. We request you call the Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic and speak to the staff about your symptoms. You will be provided directions based on this conversation.
All patients and supporting visitors will be required to wear a mask.
Anyone WITHOUT symptoms may wear a cloth mask, which are available at the entrance to all facilities.
Anyone WITH symptoms is required to wear a surgical mask. These masks will be provided at the entrance by our screening staff.
All hospital-sponsored community events have been canceled
Elective Surgeries are canceled from 3/20/2020 until 4/3/2020. Updates will be provided should we need to extend the cancellation timeline.
We recommend you call the Business Office with questions about your bills and mail in the payment (the East Fifth Street main entrance will be closed)
Hospital gift shop closed
Ask the right questions. When making an appointment by phone, and when physically registering as a patient, expect to be asked additional questions related to symptoms and travel.
Follow respiratory hygiene procedures at clinics and the hospital. If entering healthcare facilities with a cough or other symptoms, know that you will be asked to wear a mask and disinfect your hands.
Do not insist on testing; your provider will determine if you need to be tested. Respiratory diseases are viral. Testing does not change the course of treatment. Testing kits are in low supply and not readily available.
Cover your cough—even at home. Cough/sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth.
Use general prevention. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands appropriately.
Stay home. Don’t visit others in the hospital. Earlier this year, we enacted temporary visitor restrictions. These restrictions are still in effect.
Arrive on time. Try to arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. If you arrive early, wait in your car. This will help limit exposure in waiting rooms and entrances.
Wear a mask. You will be expected to wear a mask before entering our facilities, and for the duration of your visit. If you do not have a mask of your own, cloth masks are available at all of our entrances. If you have symptoms, you will be given a surgical mask to wear instead.
So far, most people with Coronavirus have only experienced mild, non-life threatening symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is still low for most Americans."
The CDC also recommends that people with chronic conditions (such as COPD, diabetes, etc.) or who are prone to respiratory problems (such as pneumonia) take extra precautions to avoid contracting Coronavirus. We recommend consulting with your primary care provider to find out how you can protect yourself from the disease.
Symptoms of Coronavirus tend to be subtle and may not show up for 2 to 14 days after infection. A person with Coronavirus may experience fever, shortness of breath (lower respiratory symptoms), hypoxia, and possibly gastrointestinal symptoms. If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, we recommend calling your primary care provider. If you are concerned you may have Coronavirus, call ahead before visiting a clinic, urgent care, or ER facility.
Good handwashing is the first line of defense in combatting illnesses such as Influenza and Coronavirus as well as other contagious illnesses. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Clean and disinfect objects such as your cellphone, key board, countertops, etc. If you are not feeling well, do not go to work, do not go out in public and risk infecting other community members. If you have travelled outside of the United States in the past 14 days please contact the Bureau County Health Department at 815-872-5091 or the IDPH hotline number listed above.
We have compiled a list of resources from our community to support COVID-related needs, including mental health needs and grocery and prescription pickup.
If you have concerns about what is being done to prepare for and contain Coronavirus, please call the Illinois Department of Public Health Hotline at 1-800-889-3931. Follow the Perry Guidelines listed above and contact your primary care provider and be prepared to detail your symptoms.