Fayette County Hospital Coronavirus Update

Fayette County Hospital is closely following information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Health and Environmental Control (IL DHEC), to help keep our patients and families informed about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. FCH has comprehensive infection control policies and procedures in place, and remain committed to keeping our patients, staff, and community safe.

Updated FCH Visitor Restrictions:

Beginning Wednesday March 18, 2020, Fayette County Hospital (FCH) is implementing a single-entry point through the Main/Emergency Entrance for all patients and visitors. As a proactive measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses, all patients and visitors must be screened prior to entry. Please be advised all other hospital entrances will be closed until further notice. To keep our environment safe for patients, staff and visitors, new hospital policies will include:

  • The Main/Emergency Entrance will be the only entrance to the facility. The ED will remain open and accessible 24/7.
  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 1:30pm, the hospital cafeteria will close to the public until further notice.
  • Persons with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to visit patients or patient care areas.
  • Visitation is restricted to one visitor (18 years or older) per patient. This policy applies to inpatient visits, emergency department visits, and scheduled outpatient procedures.

A physician’s order is required for COVID-19 testing. Specimen samples can be collected at our facility and sent to LabCorp for testing. To ensure judicious use of resources, only patients who meet the following CDC-approved criteria may receive a physician’s order for testing:
Signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath

  • Recent travel to an affected country or state
  • Close contact with any persons confirmed to have, or undergoing evaluation of having COVID-19

It is critically important to follow recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19, such as:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

FCH urges patients and visitors to please be patient as these measures are implemented in accordance with CDC guidelines. For the latest information about novel coronavirus, visit the CDC’s website.

What Can You Do?

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. According to the CDC, there are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, which include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC recommends that you seek medical advice if you have been to China or another affected area in the last 14 days, or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 and feel ill with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness.

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