Hammond Henry Hospital
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID Screening Open to Everyone

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Urgent Care OPEN

All Urgent Care Locations are OPEN.  No appointment needed.

Before entering, we ask that all patients and visitors wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and proceed directly to the front desk for registration and temperature reading. 

We are taking these additional precautions to continue to ensure your health and safety. Seating will be limited and spaced 6 feet apart to comply with social distancing. Depending on capacity, we may ask you to wait in your vehicle until your room is ready. Our thorough sanitation of each exam room will continue, and we will conduct even more frequent sanitation of entry door handles, seating, pens, and other surfaces. All staff will wear proper protective equipment and practice thorough hand hygiene during your visit.

Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of all, Hammond-Henry VISITOR RESTRICTIONS are in place until further notice.
 
We understand that there are times when having a visitor accompany a patient is necessary. The following exceptions apply and special circumstances may be considered for the safety and protection of our patients and staff. One visitor may accompany:
  • Patients at the end-of-life, or discussing end-of-life care decisions
  • Patients under 18
  • Patients who are discussing palliative care
  • Patients with disruptive behavior where a family member is key to their care
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays
Visitors allowed, based on these exceptions must stay in the patient’s room and wear a mask during the entire visit. Once the visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital. Please note that visitors will not be allowed for patients with a pending or positive COVID-19 test.

 

Masks are required. All allowed visitors are required to clean hands with alcohol-based rub or soap and water before entering a patient’s room and after coughing or sneezing.

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 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)

What can I do to help?

Donations of bottled water are now being accepted.  Please contact Darcy Hepner, 309-944-9106,  Julie West, 309-944-9130 or Katie Orwig, 309-944-9112, to make arrangements for drop off. 

HHH has had a number of requests to sew masks. At this time we have a sufficient supply, however, we are wanting to be prepared for possible future needs. While sewn masks do not prevent COVID-19 they may prevent the spread of germs and will be used to protect patients and staff.  Some may be used in conjunction with the N95 masks to extend their use.

There are several pattern designs available online.  Here are links to a couple of ideas: https://www.sewgoodgoods.org/face-mask-covid-19 or https://youtu.be/ueWkAuY3k6Y  We will accept those with elastic or with ties.  They will be laundered/sterilized before giving them to staff or patients. Feel free to share this email request with others that are looking to help.  If you want to sew but need fabric, contact Julie West.

When you have completed masks, please contact Darcy Hepner, 309-944-9106,  Julie West, 309-944-9130 or Katie Orwig, 309-944-9112, to make arrangements for drop off. 

Thank you for your help and support through these challenging times. 

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.

 
Thank you for your help and support through these challenging times. 

 

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.

COVID-19 Coronavirus