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COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Guidance


COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Confirmation Form


PCH Visitor Restrictions

In an effort to protect our patients and employees, and as a proactive measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19, special visitor restrictions have been implemented at Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

These restrictions will be reviewed and modified as the COVID-19 situation evolves and infection prevention guidance is updated.

General Guidelines:

Visitors will have their temperature checked and complete a COVID-19 screening upon entry. Visitors will not be allowed to enter if they have fever, respiratory symptoms or exposure risk.
Visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted.

Visitors who are permitted must:

- Wear a mask covering their mouth and nose
- Perform hand hygiene at point of screening and upon entry/exit of the patient's room
- Remain in the patient's room for duration of visit with no access to other areas in the hospital except for the nearest public restroom
- Notify the nursing if they develop signs or symptoms of illness during visit

No Visitors in the Cafeteria


Visitors will be permitted as follows for non-COVID patients:

Pediatric patients may have two parent/guardian at a time
Patients with behavioral health, developmental delays or altered mental status for whom a family member or caregiver is integral to their care or safety may have one dedicated support person. Examples include but are not limited to: patients that are unable to communicate or comprehend their treatment
Patients in the Emergency Department may have one dedicated support person
Inpatient adults may have one visitor at a time between the hours of 9 am - 6 pm
Surgery/Procedure patients may have one dedicated support person for the duration of the surgical procedure
Patients coming in for Outpatient Services (Lab, Imaging or Respiratory) may be accompanied by one visitor
Patients at end-of-life may have two visitors at a time and can rotate with others
Other considerations made on a case-by-case basis when essential to ensure the emotional wellbeing and care of the patient. Nursing Administration or the house supervisor would clear this.

While there are few confirmed cases in Perry County currently, there are confirmed cases in surrounding counties. We can expect more cases to be confirmed soon. The number of cases can be reduced by adhering to public health guidance on social distancing, staying home and only leaving home for essential tasks, washing hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and staying home when you are ill. These measures are all strongly recommended by IDPH and were reinforced by the Governor's "Stay at Home" Executive Order.

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Call4Calm Free Text Line (Illinois Department of Human Services' Mental Health Division)


The Illinois Department of Human Services' Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text "TALK" to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, "HABLAR" to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0.

Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.

Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0, with key words such as "unemployment" or "food" or "shelter" and will receive information on how navigate and access supports and services.

Obtaining Medical Records


If you are and PCH patient in need of a medical record please call Health Information at 618-357-5955, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for more information and instructions on obtaining your medical records.

Pinckneyville Community Hospital COVID-19 Hotline


The 24-hour PCH COVID-19 hotline at 618-357-5915 continues to take calls from individuals with questions or concerns about potential illness or exposure. Clinicians provide the latest information and can guide each caller through the screening criteria to determine if the caller needs additional evaluation and potential testing.

Drive-Thru Testing Clinic


We have drive-thru testing now available. This testing is only for patients who have been screened and have been determined to need testing. This is not for mass public testing. We want to help in a way that is safe for all with the first step being a call to the hotline at 618-357-5915 to determine if they should receive further evaluation and meet the criteria for testing. Please understand this drive-thru option is NOT for the general public. It is in place only for those who have an order through our 24-hour hotline.

Visitor Changes


Acute Care,
In accordance with the recommendation of the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the spread of the COVID-19, effective immediately there will be a NO VISITOR restriction. Pediatric patients may have both parents in the room. Accommodations will be made for families during end of life care. This restriction will be effective today until further notice. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of the patients we serve, who can be the most vulnerable to acquiring this virus. We realize and understand the importance of support and encouragement from family and friends during the healing process, you are encouraged to reach out to your loved ones via phone, Skype, Facetime, etc. Please feel free to contact the nurse's station at 618-357-5929, for updates on your loved ones.

Emergency Department, Oncology and Family Medical Center
Due to the increase in illness, we ask that there be only ONE visitor per patient at this time; please choose one person from your family as a representative. Accommodations will be made for families during end of life care. Pediatric patients will be allowed to have both parents in the room.

TeleHealth


The Family Medical Center is now offering TeleHealth visits. Whether you are sheltering in place, staying at home or practicing social distance, you can still see and speak to your physician. You can visit via video chat using your smartphone, tablet or computer. Call today to schedule a visit. We want to emphasize we will not close our clinic, just providing an alternative to a traditional visit.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations


Pinckneyville Community Hospital is currently accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). While we currently have enough materials to protect the health of our patients and staff, new safety measures require the use of more resources than normal and reordering has become challenging. Following the IDPH recommendation, we are asking that all items be in original packaging and unopened. If you have items you would like to donate, please contact Brandy Steely, Marketing Director, at 618-357-8898.

Here is a list of items being requested at this time:

Masks - N-95, Earloop or Surgical

Gowns - Isolation or Surgical

Gloves - Nitrile, Sterile or Surgical

Eye Protection - Face Shields or goggles

Coumadin Clinic


We are now offering a drive-thru Coumadin Clinic every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call 357-5944 upon arrival.

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