Due to concerns about COVID-19, influenza and other illnesses, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital has decided to postpone or cancel non-essential events/classes at the hospital through the end of April. This includes Mass celebrated in St. Mary’s Chapel. Mass will be broadcast to patient rooms only.
Events or meetings directly related to patient care will not be cancelled. All essential hospital functions will continue as usual.
This decision was made to best ensure the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, patients and visitors.
Public health officials recommend using social distancing (remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining a distance of approximately 6 feet from others) early to help slow the spread of disease. Social distancing refers to maintaining enough distance between yourself and another person to reduce the risk of breathing in droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
For a complete list of cancelled events, go to www.stmarysdecatur.com/cancellations.
At this time, St. Mary’s Hospital has not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19, but we are taking the necessary precautions based on recommendations by public health officials to prevent the spread of any contagious diseases.
The hospital is closely monitoring the situation locally. Patient, visitor and colleague safety remains our number one priority.
If residents are experiencing any symptoms that they suspect are related to COVID-19, they should call the local health department or their primary care physician for advice on the next steps they should take.
Hospital visitor guidelines. DO NOT visit hospital patients if you:
Have a cold or any flu-like symptoms including fever or chills, sore throat, body or muscle aches, headache, cough or runny nose.
Are less than 18 years of age.
Are a pregnant woman.
Are in any of the CDC’s vulnerable populations. Found here.
A limit of only two people should visit a patient at any one time.