MDH sets visitor restrictions under IL state of emergency

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MCDONOUGH COUNTY, Ill. (NEWS3) — McDonough District Hospital is setting restrictions on visitors while Illinois is under a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

MDH officials said starting immediately, all visitors must enter through the emergency room entrance only. Patients entering Health Services Building 1 and 2 must enter through the main entrance.

Staff also said patients can only have one visitor per day. Exceptions are for those with extenuating circumstances (such as near end-of-life, critical care or trauma).

No one 16 years old and younger will be allowed to visit MDH unless they are seeking emergency or ambulatory care.

Officials said starting Tuesday at 8 a.m., visitors will be screened for signs of a fever, respiratory illness and cough. Visitors running a fever of 100.4 or show symptoms of respiratory illness will not be allowed to enter the hospital. Temperature screenings will also take place at the North Lafayette Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic and Bushnell Family Practice.

MDH asks all visitors who display symptoms of fever, respiratory illness or cough stay at home.

The hospital is also following restrictions for the general public and restaurants in Illinois. The general public is not allowed to visit Café 525 and coin café until further notice. Only immediate family members visiting a patient are allowed to visit the Café 525 and coin café.

Officials said all in-person prenatal classes are now postponed. The online prenatal classes are available via the childbirth and labor classes link under Obstetrics on MDH.orgThe two MDH L.I.F.E. classes for March will be postponed until the fall.

MDH put in place visitor recommendations in late December due to the increase in influenza cases around the area and state. The hospital also addressed concerns and provided tips surrounding the coronavirus outbreak and this month.