Hammond Henry Hospital
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19

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Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of our patients and staff, the following visitor restrictions are in effect:

  • Only visitors in one of the following categories will be allowed:
    • For patients under the age of 18, one parent or legal guardian is allowed
    • For patients needing end-of-life care, one family member is allowed
  • Visitors with respiratory symptoms including cough, fever, or rash are prohibited 
  • Visitors under the age18 are prohibited from all patient care areas
  • Visitors should call the nurse station prior to visiting
  • The cafeteria is closed to visitors
  • All visitors are required to clean hands with an alcohol-based rub or soap and water before entering a patient’s room and after coughing or sneezing
  • All visitors will be asked to leave the room during aerosol-generating procedures
  • If you are in need of a mask or hand sanitizer, please ask the admitting staff


What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can be similar to other respiratory virus symptoms such as the flu. Symptoms appearing 2-14 days after exposure can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


What do I do if I believe I have the symptoms?

Hammond-Henry Hospital has put together steps for you to get the care you need. If you are ill, it is best to first call your healthcare provider. Do NOT go to your doctor’s office. Read more steps and precautions to take here


How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 can spread from person to person and is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. As with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they have the most symptoms.


How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

View or download informational PDFs from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Social Distancing

General Prevention

Clean your hands often

  • 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 readily 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.

Avoid close contact

Stay home if you are sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • 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.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • 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 dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

(Source: CDC)

Where can I find more information on COVID-19 / Coronavirus?

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Illinois Department of Public Health

World Health Organization

For general questions about COVID-19 and symptoms, call the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.