PERU - As the number of coronavirus cases in Illinois continues to increase, Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru is restricting public access to its main building to just one entrance: the door on the north side of the hospital off 6th Street, next to the emergency department door. All other hospital entrances are closed to the public.
Everyone entering IVCH through the 6th Street door will be screened by a nurse at the door and have their temperature taken. Patients who have routine respiratory symptoms will be told to self-quarantine at home. Patients requiring emergency care and/or critical lab and X-ray testing will be allowed to enter the hospital and given further instructions.
Family members bringing non-critical patients to IVCH to be admitted will be encouraged to return home where they will receive telephone updates from IVCH staff members.
IVCH also clarified the “no visitors” policy it announced last week. The only patients who are allowed to have someone in their rooms with them are:
IVCH has established a telephone hotline to answer questions and provide guidance about COVID-19. Individuals may talk to a nurse by calling (815) 780-3425 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.
Per Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, IVCH is not doing routine COVID-19 testing. At this time, the IDPH is only performing tests for hospitalized patients who have unexplained pneumonia and people living in group settings, such as nursing homes.