Visitor restrictions put in place at HSHS St. Francis Hospital have been updated due to a decline in COVID-19 numbers in our region. 

Effective April 6, two visitors per patient per day will be allowed for COVID positive patients. Visitors of COVID positive patients must check in with nursing staff before entering a room to be provided with the mandatory personal protective equipment (PPE) for their safety. As the pandemic has improved, the adequate supply of PPE has allowed St. Francis to provide this protection to families and visitors. It is also recommended that visitors of COVID positive patients leave personal belongings at home, as purses and bags will not be allowed in the patient’s room.

Paper, medical-grade masks (non-cloth) are still mandatory for all in health care facilities, per CDC guidelines. 
Hospital leadership reminds the public that no one should visit persons in a health care facility if they have any of the following: 

  • A positive viral test within the last 10 days for SARS-COV-2,
  • Symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • Close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Visitors guidelines for other areas of the hospital remain unchanged and are as follows:

COVID-19 patients or under investigation for COVID-19: Two visitors per patient per day.

Emergency Department: 

  • Adult patient: Two visitors 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: Two visitors per patient per day.
  • Pediatrics inpatients: Two parents or guardians allowed.
  • Women and infants center: Two support persons during delivery who must remain the same for the hospital stay. 
  • End-of-life patients: Two visitors per patient per day.

Surgery (inpatient and outpatient): Two visitors in waiting room only for the duration of the surgical procedure.

Outpatient diagnostic and therapy services: Two visitors may accompany the patient or wait in designated waiting areas. Patients receiving outpatient services are encouraged to come alone whenever possible or have visitors wait outside until services are complete.

Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments: Two support persons.

Approved visitors/support persons must be over the age of 18 unless they are parents of a child receiving care.

These guidelines are subject to change at any time to address the health needs of our communities. By putting these guidelines in place, St. Francis Hospital is exemplifying its commitment to the dignity and care of all, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Media Contact

Melissa Athmer

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 32258
melissa.athmer@hshs.org

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