COVID-19 pandemic prompts local hospital to set restrictions

RUSHVILLE, Ill. (NEWS3) — A local hospital is working to ensure its facility and staff are prepared to fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville are setting restrictions on entrances the public can access.

Starting Wednesday, the main entrance of the hospital and the west wing north entrance will be the only two entrances into the hospital that will be open to the general public.

Hospital officials said the restrictions will remain in effect until the transmission of COVID-19 and influenza is no longer a threat.

The main entrance can be accessed only for the following reasons 24 hours a day:

  • Emergency Services
  • Dietary Consultations
  • Echocardiograms
  • Imaging: CT, Fluoroscopy, Mammogram, MRI, Ultrasound, Vascular Ultrasound and Video Swallows
  • Laboratory Services
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Outpatient Clinics: Cardiology, Dr. Bozdech, Oncology, OB/GYN, Dr. Fleischli, Dr. Harsha & Dr. Kimple
  • Sleep Studies
  • Surgery

The west wing can only be accessed for the following reasons from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Outpatient Clinics: Dr. Harris, Dr. Payne, Pulmonology & Dr. Schuster
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Wound Clinic

The hospital will also continue with its restricted visitation policy which includes:

  • No visitors will be allowed in rooms of patients with pending or positive COVID-19 tests, except under extreme circumstances.
  • No visitation by persons less than 18 years of age.
  • Only two visitors will be allowed in the patient’s room at a time.
  • Visitors with acute respiratory symptoms should not visit until their symptoms have cleared.
  • For end-of-life situations or other extreme circumstances, visitors with acute respiratory symptoms will be required to wear a mask while inside the hospital.
  • Patients in isolation for influenza will be limited to visitors who are necessary for the patient’s emotional well-being and care.
  • All visitors should use good hand hygiene and respiratory/cough etiquette during the visit.
  • Hand sanitizer and cough etiquette stations are located at each entrance.
  • Hand sanitizer should be used upon entering a patient’s room and when leaving.

Officials said the Senior Live Solutions Program on Wednesday and Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department on Thursday will be suspended for the protection of patients in those programs. Those services are expected to resume once it is safe to do so.

The hospital’s cafeteria is closed until further notice as of Monday night.

Staff are asking people that feel ill, even if showing mild symptoms, to stay home.

If symptoms worsen, the hospital is asking people to call before showing up for an appointment at any Culbertson Clinics or the emergency room.

  • Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital: 217-322-5281
  • Emergency Department – 217-322-5334 PLEASE Call First and entrance arrangements will be communicated at the time of the call.
  • Community Medical Clinic – Astoria: 309-329-2926
  • Community Medical Clinic – Table Grove: 309-758-5070
  • Elmer Hugh Taylor Clinic – Beardstown: 217-323-2245
  • Rushville Family Practice: 217-322-3345

Officials said if it is an emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher your symptoms and share any recent travel history or potential contact with someone who has the virus.

Culbertson Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 testing procedures include:

Step One: Be prepared to answer screening questions. Keep in mind; the questions are subject to change based on IDPH/SCHD recommendations.

  • Have you traveled in the last 14 days?
  • Have you traveled to China, any other country, or a community in the United States where the coronavirus is spreading?
  • Have you had close contact with anyone diagnosed with known coronavirus (COVID-19) infection or who is under evaluation for possible exposure? (Close contact means having been within 6 feet of that person for an extended time or being exposed to their cough or sneeze.)
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever, a cough (or other cold or flu-like symptoms), difficulty breathing or shortness of breath?

Step Two

  • First an influenza test will be performed. This test will have results in approximately twenty (20) minutes.
  • Second, if influenza is negative, a COVID-19 test authorization will be requested from SCHD/ IDPH to receive authorization to administer a COVID-19 test. Results from this test can take up to 96 hours.
  • Third, if a test is requested and not authorized by SCHD/IDPH, the patient will be financially responsible for the testing (some insurances may pay for the test).

Officials said after a visit to Culbertson Clinics or the Emergency Department, your provider will then direct you to self-quarantine and the Schuyler County Health Department will become your contact over the 14-day quarantine period and will communicate test results when received.