Effective today, no visitors are allowed in the emergency department, with the exception noted below for pediatric patients.

COVID-19 positivity rates are rising in St. Clair County and other areas in the region. Because of this increase, St. Elizabeth's will continue to take actions to proactively protect patients, visitors and colleagues to control the transmission of COVID-19 in the hospital and throughout the community. The hospital greatly encourages all to get vaccinated and to continue to practice good hand hygiene to slow the spread of this disease.

All other visitors must enter the building at the blue “outpatient” sign/entrance between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. to have their temperature checked and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, masks are mandatory for all persons within a health care facility, per CDC guidelines. Visitors also must be 18 or older, no children allowed.

Visitor guidelines for other areas in the hospital are as follows:

No visitors allowed for patients under investigation for possible COVID-19 diagnosis and those confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Emergency Department:

  • Adult patient: No visitors allowed.
  • Pediatric patient: Two parents and/or guardians who must stay in the patient’s room for duration of visit.

Inpatient units: 

  • Adult inpatients: One visitor per patient per day during the hours of 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Pediatric inpatients: Two parents or guardians allowed.
  • Women and infants center: Two support persons during delivery and one who must stay the same for the duration of the hospital stay.
  • End-of-life patients: Two visitors per patient per day.

Surgery (inpatient and outpatient):

  • One visitor in the waiting room only for the duration of the surgical procedure.

Outpatient diagnostic and therapy services:

  • One visitor may accompany the patient or wait in designated waiting areas.

Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments:

  • One support person.

By putting these guidelines in place, St. Elizabeth's is exemplifying its commitment to the dignity and care of all, especially those most vulnerable amongst us. Thank you for your patience during these ever-changing times.

Media Contact

Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270

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