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Perry Memorial Hospital announces visitor restrictions

Each patient allowed one essential adult

A sign directs visitors at the Perry Memorial Hospital complex on Park Avenue East in Princeton.
A sign directs visitors at the Perry Memorial Hospital complex on Park Avenue East in Princeton.

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Note to readers: Perry Memorial Hospital released the following information on March 19.

SUBJECT: Perry Visitor Restrictions, Covid-19


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. This will include questions and a temperature check.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

Cancellations/Closures Updates

• All hospital-sponsored community events have been canceled.

• Elective surgery is canceled from March 20 to April 3. Updates will be provided should we need to extend the cancellation timeline.

• To reduce the risk to the community, instead of coming to the hospital, we recommend you call the Business Office with questions about your bills and mail in the payment. The Fifth Street (EAST) entrance will be closed.

• Hospital gift shop closed.

The Perry Team is 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.

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.

If it is an emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms and share any recent travel history.

Triage nurse is available at 815-875-4531 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., call 815-875-2811.

Perry COVID-19 Testing Procedures follow IDPH/BCHD Guidelines:

(Perry may update guidelines based on IDPH/BCHD direction)

Step One

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?

Step Two

1. First, an influenza test will be performed. This test will have results in approximately 20 minutes.

2. 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.

3. 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).

Note: To stay up to date on Perry Covid-19 response, visit perrymemorial.org/coronavirus online.

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