The current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak is a continuously developing story. FHN continues to participate in webinars and conference calls with local, state, regional, and national experts to be advised of the current status and next steps with respect to confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in the United States.
The following symptoms, which are not the same as those for the common cold, may appear 2-14 days after you've been exposed to COVID-19:
Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild non-specific symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.
If the symptoms worsen or persist, call your healthcare provider.
Symptoms that call for immediate medical attention include:
Due to the limited number of tests available nationwide at this time, this testing is by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance; individuals without appointments who arrive at the site will be asked to return only if an appointment has been scheduled after consulting with your provider.
Callers will be screened, which means asking questions about any current symptoms, recent travel, and interactions with others, as well as determining if callers may be at higher risk for complications from COVID-19 as outlined below. Answers to these screening questions will determine if callers meet testing criteria and will provide direction for the next course of action, which may include testing at FHN's mobile location.
People with fever and/or signs of lower respiratory illness such as cough or shortness of breath (not symptoms of a typical cold or upper respiratory condition) and meet any of the below criteria may be tested:
The COVID-19 test is a nasopharyngeal specimen swab, sometimes referred to as an NP swab or test. A long swab is inserted deep into the nasal cavity, often around 3 inches beyond where the nose attaches to the rest of the head, until the patient coughs.
While there is currently no treatment for COVID-19, people who are mildly ill can be safe at home. While at home, as much as possible, they should stay in a specific room if living with others and away from other people who may visit.
Avoid Spreading Germs
Visitor restrictions at FHN Memorial Hospital have been updated due to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus and differ based on the patient:
Inpatient visiting hours (except for Birthing Center and pediatrics) are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day.
All visitors must ...
Visitors may be asked to leave if social distancing is not maintained or if any of the expectations above are not being followed.
Due to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, patients at FHN offices may only be accompanied by one adult (age 18 and over). In addition, all visitors must ...
Register as a visitor and wear a visitor badge.
As in the hospital, visitors may be asked to leave if social distancing is not maintained or if any of the expectations above are not followed.
Thank you for helping us keep our community safe during this time.
Please feel free to download the attached flyers for businesses and organizations to print and post:
Please review the following resources to find out more about the virus and what can be done to help prevent its spread:
Find specific information about COVID-19 testing and related treament costs.
Get the basics of a good medicine cabinet updated to include supplies recommended during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Listen to Dr. Keith Martin, FHN's Chief Medical Officer, review FHN Memorial Hospital's COVID-19 Preparations - April 28.
Listen to Mark Gridley, FHN President, CEO, talk about the Coronavirus - April 21.
FHN's Infection Preventionist Margie Kochsmier, MSN, RN, CMSRN, talks about COVID-19.
Listen to Mark Gridley, FHN President, CEO, talk about the Coronavirus - April 7.
Listen to Kathryn Martinez, FHN Chief Operating Officer, talk about FHN's preparations for outbreak - March 31.
Listen to Mark Gridley, FHN President, CEO, talk about the Coronavirus - March 17.
Listen to Gabriel Gonzalez, Assistant Vice President of Behavioral Health at FHN, talk about mental health during this outbreak.
The best way to avoid spreading (or catching) any illness is to:
Good advice about the importance of cleaning your phone.
How Safe Is It To Eat Takeout? - Find out and get tips to keep safe.
Support Your Local Restaurants - Get a list of area restaurants providing takeout and delivery service.
The FHN Family Counseling Center is a proud partner of the Illinois Call4Calm Text Line Service. Text "TALK" TO 552020 (or "HABLAR) for Spanish. The Illinois Call4Calm Text Line is not a crisis hotline, but is a source of support for anyone experiencing stress and in need of a listening ear. We are here to serve you.
New and Updated COVID-19 Resources for Parents