Precautions Jersey Community Hospital is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
If you have flu symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath or have questions
concerning COVID-19 and live in Jersey, Calhoun, or Greene Counties please call
JCH COVID-19 HOTLINE at 618-639-4277
After speaking to a nurse, you will be given instructions on the next steps.
If you live outside of these areas, please call the
COVID-19 Illinois Hotline at (800) 889-3931 or CDC Hotline at (800) CDC-INFO.
Our Primary Care offices are seeing non-sick patients in the morning and sick patients in the afternoon. In addition, telehealth appointments are being offered at most clinics and specialties.
Jersey Community Hospital (JCH) has been actively monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The health and safety of our patients and our communities is our primary concern and we are making decisions as needed following guidance from our state and local health authorities as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Here are a few of the steps we have taken:
Screening our Patients and Visitors to Decrease Exposure at all locations
We are asking all patients and visitors questions about their current symptoms and potential exposure to COVID-19 prior to entering any of our facilities.
The symptoms we are inquiring about include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and/or shortness of breath along with any other pertinent information. If anyone presents with these symptoms, they are asked to wear a mask.
At some clinic locations, we are asking patients to return to their car with the clinic phone number and screening will be done over the phone or a JCH representative will go to the car.
Screening Employees Prior to Reporting for Work
We are screening all of our employees to make sure they are healthy and do not have any symptoms, including a fever.
We are following a process to identify patients who are suspect to have the infection and coordinating testing with the local and state departments. As of today, testing results could take 5 - 7 days to result.
Personal Protective Equipment
We are managing our PPE and supplies to ensure caregivers have the equipment they need to safely provide care.
Entrances to Locations
We have limited entrances throughout the hospital and clinics to make sure we are able to screen our patients, visitors, and employees. When in doubt, come the main entrance of the building you are visiting.
Restrictions of Visitors
JCH is asking the public to please limit visits to patients in the hospital at this time. Anyone experiencing any signs of illness, such a fever or respiratory symptoms, is asked to please refrain from visitation. Limited hospital visiting hours with no children under 18.
Clinic visitors are restricted to only essential care givers.
Our primary care clinics have rescheduled our patients to help provide a safer environment with Wellness or problem visits in the morning. The afternoon is reserved for sicker patients.
Drive- Up Respiratory Clinic
This will begin on Monday, March 30th at JCH Clinical Services location at 220 E. County Rd. in Jerseyville.
Patients can schedule an appointment by calling 498-2273 or the COVID-19 HOTLINE at 639-4277.
Patients will stay in their cars for the duration of their visit.
Some JCH Providers have started seeing patients via telehealth. Patients with smart phones, laptops, or tablets with cameras are able to see their providers and complete many types of visits including sick, wellness, & problem visits. For more details, visit our website at www.jch.org.
The patient’s physician, in consultation with the hospital, is in the best position to make the decision if a procedure is necessary and needed.
All screening mammograms, PFTs, lung cancer screening CTs, and dexa scans are postponed and being re-scheduled in May.
You can check or manage your appointments, send secure messages to your provider, view medications, view and manage health records, and submit documents. For more details, visit JCH’s website at www.jch.org.
We have implemented these precautions and are operating with a sense of caution. We do not want to cause alarm – but we do want to send a clear message to our community that we are prepared, responding appropriately and are committed to protecting the well-being of our patients, visitors, employees and community.
These increased safety measures do NOT mean that you cannot access the hospital or your providers. Please seek medical care for patients of all ages as needed. And if you are concerned you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call the JCH COVID-19 HOTLINE at (618) 639-4277. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
Visit www.jch.org for daily updates on COVID-19. Additionally, follow Jersey Community Hospital on Facebook for daily updates, new processes or other relevant information.
March 24, 2020
COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABILITY
Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is now available in a number of hospital laboratories in Illinois on a limited basis, however, broad-scale testing is not available. Testing results take 5 – 7 days.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has provided guidance for prioritizing testing based on medical need. Testing based on medical need will ensure that people who most need testing can get results rapidly and will reduce strain on the health care system.
IDPH guidelines for persons who may be considered for testing depending on clinical severity and community health relevance include:
Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control or medical management.
Residents and staff of long-term care facilities with signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19.
Other persons who are at higher risk for severe infection with signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19. These persons include older adults (age >65 years) and individuals with chronic medical conditions.
Healthcare personnel with signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19.
Persons in these categories with mild illness should contact their health care provider by phone to discuss the need for testing.
Persons with mild respiratory symptoms who do not otherwise need medical care and who are not in one of the above groups should not be routinely tested for COVID-19. These persons should care for themselves at home as they normally would for a mild illness.
In addition, ill persons should stay home and away from others until there has been no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, there has been improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) for at least 3 days; AND it is at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared, i.e., the minimum length of time will be 7 days.
Asymptomatic persons should not be tested for COVID-19. Current testing for COVID-19 cannot detect prior infection. Testing a person without symptoms does not rule out the possibility that a person may become ill in the future.
As always, consult your healthcare provider for personal medical advice.
For general information about COVID-19, please call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO. If you experiencing symptoms and have questions, please call the Jersey Community Hospital hotline at 618-639-4277.
March 23, 2020
We are in unprecedented times. Not only are we facing a pandemic where things are changing by the minute, but we also live in a digital world where information, correct or incorrect, spreads very quickly. JCH HealthCare would like to assure you that accurate information about our Tri-County service area will be shared with you in a timely manner. If you see the information that is concerning to you, please use the following resources to check the accuracy of the information you received.
Today's Status; there are 1,285 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, 0 in our Tri-County service area.
March 15, 2020
In order to protect our patients and caregivers we are limiting our entrances and visitation policy and are asking:
If you’re sick, don’t visit or accompany a patient
Patients may only have one person with them at any time, and only after being screened.
Visitors must be age 18+.
Visitors can speak with a caregiver about exceptions and special circumstances.
No visitors are allowed from 10:00 pm - 8:00 am unless accompanying a newly-admitted patient.
Visitors must wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after leaving rooms and hospital buildings.
These restrictions are being put in place for the safety of you, our patients, caregivers, and the community.
March 14, 2020
Jersey Community Hospital is actively monitoring the most up to date information from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health concerning the COVID-19 virus. Currently, there have been no active COVID-19 cases in our immediate area, but our leaders and staff remain prepared and on alert if the situation changes. JCH, a 5-STAR CMS Hospital, is dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients and their families
We are adding additional precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients and caregivers. These apply to our hospital and all clinic locations, as of March 13, 2020.
Visitors: Effective March 13, 2020, no visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed on our inpatient floor. Please try to limit visits in general.
Business travel: We are now restricting all business travel until further notice.
In-person meetings: We are asking all staff to replace in-person meetings with a virtual option such as Webex when possible.
Jersey Community Hospital events: We are in the process of reviewing all upcoming JCH-hosted events, including Continuing Medical Education (CME), to determine which should be canceled or postponed.
Testing: If you have flu symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath or have questions concerning COVID-19 please call the JCH COVID-19 HOTLINE at 618-639-4277. After speaking to a nurse, you will be given instructions on your next steps for your care.
As healthcare providers, our first priority is serving our patients and the community. We are taking these precautions to ensure we can continue caring for our patients while also protecting the health of our caregivers
March 12, 2020
We are in the flu season, so we ask you to wear a mask if you are sick. We treat sick people and have procedures in place for a safe environment of care. If you have typical cold symptoms and do not have a fever, it is in your best interest to remain at home instead of coming into a healthcare facility.
If you have flu symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath or have questions concerning COVID-19 please call the JCH COVID-19 HOTLINE at 618-639-4277. After speaking to a nurse, you will be given instructions on the next steps.