Blessing Health Service Providing Coronavirus Hot-Line
As we all try to learn more about the Coronavirus the flow of information from a variety of sources continues to increase. People have so many questions and finding answers can be difficult in times like these. Blessing Health System is trying to make it easier for you to get some answers and have made steps available for you to do so.Listed below is a news release from Blessing Health System that hopefully can lead to some answers to your questions.
News Release: Friday, March 13, 2020.
“Our focus is, as always, on the health and safety of our patients, staff, visitors, and the communities we serve. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Quincy or the Tri-State area. Our teams throughout the Blessing Health System are well prepared to serve the health needs of the community and we are working closely with county and state health officials”.
24/7 HOTLINE Effective at 6:00 pm on March 13, 2020, a 24/7 Hotline number -217-277-3504- will be available for the public to call with any questions related to COVID-19.
Visitors to Blessing Hospital and Illini Community Hospital will be restricted to the following five types:
- The significant other of a woman in labor.
- The parent or guardian of a minor who is a patient.
- A support person for a patient with a diagnosed cognitive disorder, such as dementia.
- A support person for a patient undergoing surgery on the day of the procedure.
- A support person for a patient receiving end of life care
- To make a request to visit a patient not included in the five approved categories, the public will be directed to call the Hotline number 217-277-3504
Entrances to both hospitals will be restricted. Click to learn more about open entrances and hours. At Blessing Physician Services locations, staff will screen all patients and visitors at the entrances. If a patient is experiencing flu-like symptoms, they should call their provider's office prior to coming in for further instructions.
The safest course of action for a person feeling mild-to-moderate flu-like symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath is to self-quarantine in their home and to call their healthcare provider to determine the next step in their care.
People are asked not to come to the Blessing Hospital Emergency Center for mild to moderate flu like symptoms, including potential COVID19, unless they are experiencing a life-threatening illness or injury.
For those who have no primary care provider or unable to reach their provider, Blessing has established a Flu-Like Illness Screening Center at 2808 Chestnut in Quincy that will open Monday, March 16, 8 am to 8 pm weekdays and 8am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. This is for symptomatic persons with fever greater than 100 degrees and cough and/or shortness of breath. More information
At Illini Community Hospital, the Flu-Like Illness Screening Center is located in the former IHS Pharmacy building located .
Note: Blessing Convenient Care at both Hy-Vee locations in Quincy will be closed as of 3/15/20 to allow providers to streamline care. Convenient Care in Canton at County Market is operating as normal.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Stay home if you’re sick, except to seek medical care.
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your cough and sneeze followed by handwashing.
- Stay up to date on your state and/or county health departments’ guidelines.
- Follow the CDC guidelines for how to keep yourself and your family safe and prepared.
- Follow the CDC guidelines for travel.
Please note: any updates regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any region we serve will first be communicated by state health officials.”