The Latest on the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) in Northwest Illinois


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.



FHN President & CEO Mark Gridley Answers Questions About COVID-19


El Dr. Lucio Martinez de FHN hobla sobre COVID-19

Symptoms

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:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Testing Criteria

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:

  • Any person, including healthcare workers, who has had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset
  • A history of travel from affected geographic areas within 14 days of symptom onset (currently China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, parts of Europe, and Japan)
  • The individual is from a congregate living or healthcare facility (staff and/or patient/resident) with clusters of infection not due to influenza and suspected to be due to COVID-19
  • The patient is at higher risk for complications from COVID-19 and for whom rapid test results are more likely to impact clinical care/outcomes (adults age 65 years and older, people with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes
  • Other persons who have been evaluated by a medical professional and are deemed high priority, including hospitalized patients with unexplained pneumonia

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.

Protect Yourself and Others:

Avoid Spreading Germs

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people, even if they aren't displaying symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are visibly dirty, use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions

FHN Memorial Hospital

Visitor restrictions at FHN Memorial Hospital have been updated due to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus and differ based on the patient:

  • COVID-19 patients or those awaiting test results – no visitors
  • Emergency Room – one adult (age 18 and over) per day
  • Adult hospital patients, including Birthing Center – one adult per day
  • Pediatric patients – two adults per day

Inpatient visiting hours (except for Birthing Center and pediatrics) are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day.

All visitors must ...

  • Register as a visitor and wear a visitor badge.
  • Screen negative for fever and not display any COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth.
  • Practice social distancing (remain 6 feet from others).
  • Wash hands or use provided hand sanitizer when entering and exiting patient care areas.
  • Leave the facility as soon as the visit is over.

Visitors may be asked to leave if social distancing is not maintained or if any of the expectations above are not being followed.


FHN Office Practices

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.

  • Screen negative for fever and not display any COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth.
  • Practice social distancing (remain 6 feet from others).
  • Wash hands or use provided hand sanitizer when entering and exiting patient care areas.
  • Leave the facility as soon as the visit is over.

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.


Flyers for Public Posting

Please feel free to download the attached flyers for businesses and organizations to print and post:

How NOT to Wear a Mask

Weekly COVID-19 Information


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Resources

Please review the following resources to find out more about the virus and what can be done to help prevent its spread:

Tips to Protect Children During a COVID-19 Outbreak

Find specific information about COVID-19 testing and related treament costs.

How to wear a cloth mask safely

How to wear a medical mask safely

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.

If your loved one is over 60, read this

The best way to avoid spreading (or catching) any illness is to:

Practice good handwashing

Practice good coughing and sneezing etiquette, and

Stay home if you are sick.

Good advice about the importance of cleaning your phone.

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IDPH's COVID-19 Face Covering Do's & Don'ts

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.

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