Effective July 22, 2021, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital will change the visitor guidelines to allow only one (1) visitor per patient, with some exceptions noted below. 
COVID-19 positivity rates are rising in St. Clair County and other areas in our region. Because of this increase, we are taking actions to proactively protect patients, visitors, and colleagues to control the transmission of COVID-19 in our hospital and throughout the community. We greatly encourage all to get vaccinated and to continue to practice good hand hygiene to slow the spread of this disease.

All visitors (except those with ER patients) 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 specific 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: One visitor who must stay in the patient’s room for duration of visit.
  • 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, we are exemplifying our commitment to the dignity and care of all, especially those most vulnerable amongst us. If you have any questions or are seeking clarification, please contact a nursing leader or infection prevention colleague. 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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