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Closings & Cancellations - Urbana Area

Mar 13, 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 18
    • Childbirth Education Class - cancelled
  • March 25
    • Childbirth Education Class - cancelled

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.

 

OSF Heart of Mary Requesting Public to Limit Visits

Dec 16, 2019 - To protect patients, family members and staff during this time of increased seasonal flu activity and other upper respiratory illnesses, we are asking the public to limit visits as a precautionary measure.

These guidelines are based on recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Effective 12/16/2019, it is requested that:

  • 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. 
  • Remember to cough and/or sneeze into your arm or shoulder or use a tissue. The spread of germs can be reduced by coughing into your clothing. Avoid covering your mouth with your hands, as the germs can easily be passed through direct contact with surfaces or people. 

To assist in limiting the spread of disease, please wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand foam/gel when entering and leaving a patient’s room.

For tips on staying healthy during flu season, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm.