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Alerts for the Ottawa, Illinois Area

Closings & Cancellations - Ottawa Area

Mar 16, 2020 - Out of an abundance of caution and based on recommendations from state and local health agencies, we have decided to reschedule some of our events.

The following OSF HealthCare offices and activities have been cancelled or postponed:

  • March 16
    • Heartsaver CPR & AED - cancelled

Beginning March 17, all OSF LifeFit services in Ottawa are suspended.

  • March 17
    • Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group - cancelled
  • March 18
    • Recreation Therapy - cancelled
  • March 19
    • Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition Class - cancelled
  • March 23
    • BLS for Health Care Providers (evening session) - cancelled
  • March 24
    • Newborn Preparation Class - cancelled
  • March 25
    • First Aid - cancelled
  • March 27
    • Safe Sitter - Ottawa - cancelled
  • March 31
    • Mothers of Beautiful Babies Support Group (Morning) - cancelled

OSF Saint Elizabeth Requesting Public to Limit Visits

Mar 14, 2020 - To protect patients, family members, and staff from the spread of infectious conditions, OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth and Saint Paul Medical Centers are postponing all volunteer services and asking the public to limit visits as a precautionary measure.

To protect patients, family members, and staff from the spread of infectious conditions, OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth and Saint Paul Medical Centers are postponing all volunteer services and asking the public to limit visits as a precautionary measure.

Effective immediately, the OSF Saint Elizabeth Care-A-Van patient transportation services in Ottawa are suspended. This volunteer-based program provides transportation for patients who live within eight miles of the hospital, to and from scheduled appointments. At this time, transportation services offered in Ottawa for OSF Rehabilitation patients are available.

In compliance with state regulations, the cafeteria is limited to employees only and is closed to the public at this time. Visitors of patients will have the option to order room service while visiting a patient.

Also, the following patient and visitor restrictions are in effect:

  •  Only one guest may accompany patients presenting at an OSF HealthCare facility for services.
  • Visitors should be at least 18 years of age and older. This will minimize exposure of patients to children, who are known to be high risk for transmission of viral infections and will protect children from contracting an illness while visiting the hospital. 
  • Please do not visit hospitalized patients if you are not feeling well, particularly if you have had flu-like symptoms during the past seven days. Symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, cough, and/or sore throat. 
  • To limit exposure, each hospitalized patient is limited to one visitor for the duration of care. End of life situations will receive special accommodations.

For more information on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including frequently asked questions, please visit our COVID-19 digital health hub: www.osfhealthcare.org/covid19/.

 

OSF HealthCare Response for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 13, 2020 - To protect patients, family members and staff, OSF HealthCare is closely monitoring the developing situation and taking a proactively cautious approach to prevent the spread of viral illness.

If you have symptoms...

If you suspect you have novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is not an emergency, DO NOT go to a hospital or doctor’s office.

OSF HealthCare chatbot, Clare, can provide general information, education and initiate screening.

Start Coronavirus Screening

Note: Clare is not currently available in Internet Explorer; please use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple Safari. Please be sure to turn off any pop-up blocker(s) as well.

What is OSF HealthCare doing to prepare?

OSF has always taken a proactively cautious approach to the spread of infectious conditions. This includes:

  • Asking patients and visitors to wear masks based on their presenting symptoms. At times, further evaluation is completed in rooms with special ventilation.
  • Cancelling in-person meetings when possible.
  • Conserving supplies according to federal health and safety guidelines to assure they are available to protect our patients, their families and our Mission Partners.

All OSF HealthCare settings are prepared to identify and appropriately direct patients to the correct place to receive care. This includes using digital screening tools, including Clare and a phone triage line. These options are convenient and also minimize the risk of unnecessary exposure.

Infection prevention specialists are at every OSF hospital. They, along with other key leaders, are in touch daily with the updated surveillance information from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Michigan Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Learn more

For more information on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) including frequently asked questions, please visit our COVID-19 digital health hub.