Prepare, Don't Panic, For Coronavirus

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) activated a statewide public hotline and email for citizens needing guidance regarding COVID-19.  Please use this resource instead of phoning individual hospitals regarding general questions about the COVID-19 virus.  
 

Access to the hospital with screening:

The safety of Community Hospital of Staunton patients, visitors (as allowed), employees, and providers is paramount during this virus outbreak. The safety of Community Hospital of Staunton patients, visitors (as allowed), employees, and providers is paramount during this virus outbreak. Therefore, Community Hospital of Staunton is only allowing entrance into the facility through the main entrance, at which point, patients will be screened with a series of questions including the following:

Are you currently experiencing any of the following:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100° F or above

OR have you:

  • Traveled within the past 14 days from an affected area
  • Been in recent contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID 19

Patients will also have their temperatures taken as part of the screening process.

PHYSICAL THERAPY PATIENTS:

Physical Therapy patients (only) can also use the North entrance where they will be screened as well.

Visitor Restrictions:
NO VISITORS ALLOWED except for the following:

ER - 1 support person remains with the patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

The extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic requires us to take unprecedented measures to protect our patients and staff. Please respect these temporary guidelines and be prepared for them to change as this is a constantly evolving situation.

  • Patients are limited to only (1) HEALTHY visitor/support person throughout our facility. This includes Community Clinic of Staunton.
  • This means that only (1) HEALTHY visitor/support person can accompany/visit a patient at one time for any reason/service within our facility.
  • No children under the age of 18 will be allowed in our facility unless being seen by a provider.

How is Community Hospital of Staunton Responding?

As the number of coronavirus (now referred to as COVID-19) cases in Illinois and across the nation increases, Community Hospital of Staunton wants you to know we are preparing. While COVID-19 is new, preparing for responses to disasters, including potential epidemics and pandemics (e.g., H1N1, Swine Flu, Ebola), is not new for us. In fact, you should rest assured knowing:

  • Emergency preparedness training is a year-round activity that is done at Community Hospital in conjunction with other facilities, the region and across the state.
  • Community Hospital of Staunton and hospitals around the state are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and local public health departments to prepare for COVID-19. We are closely monitoring the situation, including following all updates and guidance from CDC and IDPH.
  • Much is still unknown about COVID-19. Hospitals are refining their response regularly based on such new information.
  • Community Hospital of Staunton is working closely with Anderson Healthcare’s COVID-19 Planning Team whose objective is to:
    • Work with the Macoupin and Madison County Health Departments to coordinate testing and care.
    • Provide appropriate level of medical care
    • Protect health care providers (HCP) and non Covid-19 patients
    • Prepare for potential surge in patients
    • Prepare for potential PPE supply and staff shortages

What to Do if You Develop COVID-like Symptoms

DO NOT visit any medical facility or doctor’s office without calling ahead. Testing for the COVID-19 virus is coordinated through the Macoupin County Health Department and NOT by individual hospitals at this time. You must call a healthcare provider first, and he/she will screen you and instruct you on what to do if further action is suggested. If you do not have a healthcare provider and must use an urgent care facility or ER, please call ahead and alert the staff so they can prepare to receive you using proper protocols.

COVID19 Symptoms

If You Are Sick with COVID19

Disinfecting Your Home If Someone Is Sick

 

Is Community Hospital of Staunton testing for COVID-19?

Community Hospital of Staunton has received questions asking about mass testing/drive through testing as seen in some US cities for COVID-19. Community Hospital is readily available to do COVID-19 testing when needed; however, our testing is currently directed by the Macoupin County Health Department which follows guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Public Health. As this is an evolving situation, testing procedures may change. If you have reason to believe that you have COVID-19, CALL YOUR DOCTOR. That is the first step in the process!

Testing UPDATE per IDPH 3.18.20

  • IDPH currently recommends against testing persons with mild illness who can be safely managed at home, unless a diagnosis will impact patient management. (This will minimize possible exposures to healthcare workers, patients and the public and reduce the demand for personal protective equipment).
  • Most illness caused by coronavirus is mild.
  • If think you have COVID-19 and your illness is mild, and you are not older or with an underlying health condition of concern, you do not need to see your doctor and you do not need to get tested. (This is because getting tested will not change how your doctor will take care of you. If you do not feel better in three to four days, call your provider).

More Resources

Factual communication of public information is a critical component of Illinois Department of Public Health’s coordinated response to COVID-19. This is a public health incident; therefore, Macoupin County Health Department is leading the local response at this time. Here are the recommended, trusted, resources for more information:

Benefits of Social Distancing

Protect Yourself and the Community from COVID19

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/

www.cdc.gov/covid19

Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering