COVID-19

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Memorial Health System hospitals are located in Decatur, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Springfield and Taylorville, Illinois. Regular COVID-19 updates are available from Memorial Health System on Facebook and news releases


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Local COVID-19 Vaccination Guide

Visitor Restrictions

Updated June 11, 2021

Transmission of COVID-19 continues to be a risk in our communities. To enhance the safety of patients, visitors, and colleagues, special visitor restrictions are being implemented across all Memorial Health System sites of service. These restrictions will be reviewed and modified as the COVID-19 situation evolves and infection prevention guidance is updated.

Specific Guidelines:  Visitors will be permitted as follows:

  • No visitors are allowed for patients being treated for COVID-19 or patients being evaluated for COVID-19 until a COVID-19 infection is ruled out.
  • Two visitors per patient. In the hospital setting, children younger than age 16 will not be permitted, unless they are the parent of a child receiving care.
    • Visiting hours 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Visitors will be screened upon entry and are required to check in with the front desk.
  • One overnight visitor permitted
  • Cafeteria, coffee shops and gift shops open

General Guidelines:

  • Memorial issued medical-grade mask required for all patients and visitors.
  • All patients are to be given a medical grade mask upon entry to our facilities per our MHS PPE guidelines. This insures proper protection for our patients and colleagues.
  • Social distancing must be followed in public areas (e.g., waiting rooms, common areas). 
  • Do not visit a patient:
    • If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19;
    • If you or a member of your household tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
    • If you or a member of your household are awaiting COVID-19 test results due to symptoms or exposure;
    • If you have been identified by Public Health as a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Visitors will be screened upon entry. Visitors will not be allowed to enter if they have a temperature above 100.0°F; display symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, as well as chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and a new loss of taste or smell; or if they have a household member with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
  • You will also be asked screening questions about recent testing, exposure and close contact.  It is important that you answer with honesty to keep our patients, healthcare workers and the community safe. 

Drive-Thru Lab Services

Memorial Health System offers drive-thru lab services at the following locations:
 

  • Jacksonville - Passavant Area Hospital: Drive-thru lab, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Taylorville - Taylorville Memorial Hospital: Drive-thru lab, Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.; weekends 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Springfield - Drive-thru Lab – South Sixth, 2950 S. Sixth, Daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Drive-thru Lab – 4th & Carpenter, 320 E. Carpenter, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. - noon, Sun. Closed

Pre-operative COVID-19 Testing

Memorial Health System offers pre-operative COVID-19 testing at the following locations: 

Transitional Care Unit Visitor Guidelines

Passavant Transitional Care Unit (TCU) Visitor Guidelines have not changed. Due to TCU being licensed under CMS long-term care, certain regulations limit the number of visitors a patient may have at one time.

CMS recognizes that being separated from family and friends has taken a “physical and emotional toll on residents”. Due to this, guidelines were revised, and visitors were again welcomed in TCU earlier this spring.

CMS and CDC both agree that physical distancing (maintaining at least 6 feet between people) is the “safest way to prevent the spread of COVID-19”. CMS states that facilities may limit the total number of visitors at one time to maintain any required physical distancing. TCU patient rooms are currently not set up to allow more than one visitor at a time due to the need for 6 feet of physical distancing.

At this time, TCU will continue to allow only one visitor per patient at a time. Visitors can switch out but must not congregate in waiting rooms as they wait to see a patient. This is once again due to the required physical distancing needed for infection control precautions. As a reminder, visitors must be screened upon entry and written in the logbook. Please feel free to contact Jessica Ford (x 5726) or Sue Schleyhahn (x 3307) with any questions.