What to Do


We know there are certain things to be true as we face this virus.  Proper hand hygiene is perhaps the best defense.  Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and do so often, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.  If soap is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.  Stay home if you are sick.  If you sneeze, do so into the fold of your elbow or into a tissue and then throw the tissue away.  Cover your mouth to cough.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.  Practice social distancing and avoid others who are sick.  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  
If you think you are sick, please call your primary care doctor’s office, try our virtual doctors’ office called HSHS Anytime Care at www.anytimecare.com or access Prevea Health‘s Virtual Care by visiting www.prevea.com/virtualcare.  You can also call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931. Upon using any of these resources, advice will be given on next steps for you to take. Try to avoid going to the emergency department unless it is a truly urgent situation. 

Additional Measures


Outside of these personal steps each one of us can take, HSHS has taken additional measures and put precautions into place to protect colleagues, patients, visitors and the community.  These measures include:

  • Restriction of travel by any method for out of town business.

  • Cancellation of all previously scheduled events, meetings and conferences through the end of April.  

  • Encouraging video or teleconferencing rather than in-person meetings. 

  • Practicing social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

  • Imposing new and/or modified visitor restrictions for each HSHS hospital.  Please see hospital websites or Facebook pages to see the location-specific restrictions put in place.

  • Educating colleagues on HSHS benefits already in place to cover individual and familial needs related to illness, including emergency leave, paid time off and short-term disability.  

We'll Keep You Updated


These decisions are not made lightly, but they are necessary precautions we must take now to protect the health of our communities.  As health care professionals, we feel we have a responsibility to demonstrate best practices and lead the way as we navigate through these times.  
This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we are committed to keeping our communities, patients and colleagues safe and informed. o learn more about COVID-19 and HSHS’s response, please visit our COVID-19 web page at www.hshs.org/COVID-19. We will be updating this information frequently and as necessary.  You can also view up to date information on COVID-19 from the following websites: Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

We will continue to send out various communications to keep everyone informed with the latest information.