COVID-19 Updates

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Perry COVID-19 Information

How is Perry Preparing for the Coronavirus?

Perry COVID-19 Testing Procedures

New Clinic and Hospital Entrance Points

Elective Surgeries

Cancellations and Closures

Being a Patient at Our Facility

Visitor Policies

General COVID-19 Information

Is Coronavirus something I should worry about?

What are some of the symptoms of Coronavirus?

What can I do to help avoid Coronavirus?

What resources are available from the community?

Who should I contact with questions or concerns?


What are you doing at Perry to prepare for Coronavirus?

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 24 reported cases in Bureau County (including one death), five reported cases in Marshall County, and one reported case in Putnam County as of 6-17-2020. 

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 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, and share any recent travel history.  

At this time, all patients and visitors in any Perry building are 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 COVID-19 Testing Procedures follow IDPH/BCHD Guidelines:

(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 outside of the country or to a community thas has a high volume of COVID-19 (such as Chicago, New York City, etc.)?

  • Have you had close contact with anyone diagnosed with known 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?

For those who receive the COVID-19 test, based on our laboratory testing fees, the cost of the COVID-19 test is $190.

 

COVID Communication Line

Our COVID Communication Line is available 24/7. If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, calling this number will give you the opportunity to speak with experienced medical personnel who can discuss your symptoms and give guidance on what to do next.

  • COVID Communication Line:                    815-875-4531

 

Primary Care Clinics or Prompt Care

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

 

Emergency Department – 815-875-2811

Call first, and entrance arrangements will be communicated at the time of the call.

 

After a visit to Perry Clinics or Emergency Department

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 COVID Communication Line at 815-875-4531.

 

Clinic and Hospital Entrance Procedures

  1. 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, including questions and a temperature check.

  1. Each patient will be allowed up to one visitor or support person at a time. This person must be at least 18 years old.  If the visitor has a temperature of over 100.4 degrees, they will not be allowed in the building.

  1. Persons visiting non-Perry owned specialty clinics will also be screened. Non-Perry owned specialty clinics will determine their schedules and procedures regarding their own office space.  Patients and staff are expected to follow hospital policies outside of specialty offices.

  2. 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 persons entering Perry buildings will be required to wear a mask. 

  • Anyone WITHOUT symptoms is required to wear a cloth mask for the duration of their visit.  These masks 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.

 

Elective Surgeries

As of May 11, 2020, IDPH is allowing the continuation of elective surgeries and procedures, including such services as endoscopy, 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, the patient will be required to self-quarantine until the time of the procedure.

 

Cancellations and Closures

  • All hospital-sponsored community events have been canceled

  • Elective Surgeries will resume as of May 11, 2020.  Your surgeon will guide you in the current process for scheduling. 

  • 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

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As a patient at our facility, please note the following:

  • 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.  Visitors are not allowed that this time.  Have a loved one in the hospital?  Our FACU department is coordinating with families to keep them connected.

  • 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.

 

 

Visitor Policies

At this time, patients are allowed to have one visitor or support person in any Perry facility.  This person will also be screened.  

T visitor or support person must be at least 18 years old to enter.

 

 

Is Coronavirus something I should worry about?

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.

What are some of the symptoms of Coronavirus?

Symptoms of Coronavirus tend to be subtle and may not show up for 2 to 14 days after infection.  A person with COVID-19 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 our 24/7 COVID Communication Line at 815-875-4531.  If you are concerned you may have COVID-19, call ahead before visiting a clinic, urgent care, or ER facility.

What can I do to help avoid Coronavirus?

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.

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.

The Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall County Health Department is offering daily drive-through testing as of 5/4/20.  Learn more.

Who should I contact with questions or concerns?

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.