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COVID-19 Updates

Public health officials recommend using social distancing early to help slow the spread of disease. Social distancing refers to maintaining enough distance between yourself and another person to reduce the risk of breathing in droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

Due to concerns about COVID-19, influenza and other illnesses, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital has decided to postpone or cancel non-essential events/classes and enforce visitor restrictions.

Events or meetings directly related to patient care will not be cancelled.  All essential hospital functions will continue as usual.

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Visitor Guidelines

Visitor restrictions are subject to change at any time to address the health needs of our communities in central and southern Illinois. Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the hospitals and should expect to be screened.

Visitors will now be permitted as follows:

  • Emergency department: No visitors. Exceptions will be made for pediatric patients and those with intellectual or developmental disabilities or cognitive impairments.
  • Inpatient adult: One visitor during the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Please note, while visiting hours are 8am-8pm, visitors must enter the building at the Outpatient entrance by 5:30pm Monday-Friday. These doors are locked after this time. Use the Emergency Department entrance on weekends ONLY and enter by 5:30pm. The main entrance continues to be used for drive-up patient pre-screening only.
  • Inpatient end-of-life: Two visitors at a time.
  • Women and infants center: One designated person allowed throughout entire hospital stay.
  • Pediatrics (inpatient and outpatient): Two parents/guardians.
  • Surgery/OSC (inpatient and outpatient): One visitor in the waiting room only for the duration of the surgical procedure.
  • Outpatient diagnostic and therapy services: Patient being provided outpatient services are encouraged to come alone whenever possible or have visitors wait outside until services are complete.
  • Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments: One support person.

Cancelled Events or Classes List

The cancellation list below will be updated as additional information becomes available. 

  • 3.26.20 Spring Recruitment Event.
  • 3.28.20 Electronics Recycling & Clothing Drive
  • 4.1.20 Stroke Support Group
  • 4.29.20 Cancer Center physician meet & greet
  • 5.21.20 HSHS Home Care & Hospice Butterfly Release

HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital will continue to evaluate other classes and programs into April and May.

This list will be updated on a regular basis to reflect additions and changes.

Thank you for your help in keeping our patients, colleagues and community safe.