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COVID-19 Info (Coronavirus 19)

United States
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)



Restore Illinois: Phase 4 (6-26-2020)

Illinois Department Of Public Health (IDPH)

State of Illinois Executive Orders

State of Illinois Coronavirus Response

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Illinois Small Businesses Economically
Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Workforce Investment Opportunity Act

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

COPE Line from Catholic Charities

The Illinois Department of Human Services is reminding Illinois residents
about the Illinois Helpline, a resource for residents who need emotional support
or quick answers to questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Illinoisans can text “TALK” to 55-2020 for the Call4Calm service.
For more information you can visit Illinois Department of Human Services


Local Central Illinois Counties
Christian County Public Health Dept

Clay County Public Health Dept

Coles County Public Health Dept

Cumberland County Public Health Dept

Douglas County Public Health Dept

Effingham County Public Health Dept

Jasper County Public Health Dept

Macoupin County Public Health Dept

Montgomery County Health Dept.

Moultrie County Public Health Dept

Richland County Public Health Dept

Shelby County Public Health Dept


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Managing Stress During a Pandemic

In navigating the evolving situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it’s important that people are mindful of their stress levels given all the changes being experienced.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Andrea Cutler, APRN, from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic shares the below tips to help:

Read News from Trustworthy News Sources
Avoid media outlets that build hype and focus on things that can’t be controlled. Focus on media that gives you accurate and reliable information. Stay informed about the illness but also expose yourself to positive and uplifting media stories.

Set Limits on Your Media Consumption
Avoid having television, radio or other media run continuously in the background. Schedule specific times to check in on the news and set limits on how long you watch or consume news.

Avoid the Herd Mentality
Be mindful of and limit conversation with alarmists or people who are very anxious. Anxiety can be contagious, and it is easy to become alarmed by something after hearing it from someone else. You may not have found it alarming, otherwise. Be mindful that each person’s experience and feelings can be different.

Create Routine and Structure in Your Daily Life
Many of us thrive with routine and predictability. Social distancing measures can change how we move about our community and may temporarily stop some of our routines. Create new routines and work to create a new normal. Set a schedule that incorporates dedicated time for trying new and different activities or doing something you used to enjoy.

  • If you find yourself home without work, create a new routine that ensures exercise, nutrition and enjoyable activities.
  • If you have children suddenly at home, make a schedule for school time, play time and free time.
  • If you are working from home, create a schedule that allows work and play.
  • Search online or social sites such as Pinterest for ideas and sample schedules.

Be flexible with yourself and others. The focus is to do the best we can, not be perfect.

Develop an Action Plan that Works for You and Your Family
Make decisions about what is right for you and your loved ones and focus on what you can control, as opposed to what you can’t control.

Cutler shared, “It is ok to allow for things to be different, and less than perfect. We can instead strive to create a plan and routine that is good enough. Adopting a ‘dare-to-be-average’ mind-set will allow for some personal forgiveness as you and your family navigate changes. Ask yourself, did schoolwork get done? Did work get done? Did you engage in self-care? The answer to these questions should be, ‘Yes, as best as I could today.’”

Engage in Self-Care Activities

  • Ensure you are getting enough rest, eating a balanced diet and getting routine exercise.
  • Take time for hobbies or interests you previously enjoyed but didn’t have time to do.
  • Employ the use of calming, centering and meditative skills. There are a lot of free meditative, and relaxation apps available to walk you through several exercises to help calm and center yourself.

Connect With Others
There are ways that that you can practice social distancing without becoming emotionally distant from others.  To stay connected with others, you can:

  • Send someone a handwritten note.
  • Call, text, or video chat with family and friends and family on a frequent basis.
  • Use various social media platforms to connect with others.

Seek Professional Help When Needed
Cutler said, “If your mental health is being impacted by the stress of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please reach out to your primary care physician who can help connect you with therapy resources. Many things are changing in the field of mental health and telemedicine or phone visits may be an option.”

Article from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital

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HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Shares Important Message During COVID-19 Pandemic: Don’t Delay Emergency Care

Heart attacks, strokes, accidents and injuries: These are just a few examples of medical emergencies that can occur at any time, in any place and to any one – even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham reminds all area communities it is open and available to provide all types of emergency medical care, 24/7, regardless of the current public health crisis.

recent report from the American College of Emergency Physicians states some emergency departments across the country are seeing a reduction in patient volumes, as well as patients delaying seeking medical care for non-COVID-19 related emergencies – potentially due to patients being concerned about contracting COVID-19 during a hospital visit or overwhelming health care workers.

“We urge our community members to never forgo or delay seeking medical care for any type of emergency, even in the midst of a pandemic,” says Dr. Alex You, emergency medicine physician and medical director of St. Anthony’s emergency department. “We have highly-skilled, compassionate providers ready to care for you and protocols in place to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.”

The following are some examples of symptoms/incidents in which a trip to the emergency department or call to 911 would be necessary:

  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Sudden confusion
  • Injury due to accident, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wounds or other serious injuries
  • Choking
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Head or spine injury

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Reminder: Viruses don’t disappear outdoors

It’s an exciting time in southern Illinois as the forecast predicts a warm weather ahead, but health officials are reminding communities that COVID-19 and other viruses do not take a break during nice weather.

Some state parks opened today and the HSHS southern Illinois hospitals of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Breese and Highland, and HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville encourage park-goers to allow for social distancing even outdoors.

Fresh air is good for the soul, but please make sure to enjoy the outdoors safely – either alone or with people from your household. Continue to stay more than six feet away from others for your safety and theirs. It is also a good idea to bring hand sanitizer with you during outings since soap and water may not be accessible everywhere.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viruses, like those that cause the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months, however there is no evidence to determine if that also applies to COVID-19. Regardless, the CDC recommends proactive outdoor safety measures during this uncertain time.

Because parks are expected to be busier this weekend, it’s also recommended by the CDC that you bring a cloth face covering in the event you are near others outside of your household.

Article from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital

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Elective Surgeries & Procedures to Resume at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital

In accordance with Governor J.B. Pritzker announcement of a modified Stay-At-Home order through May that allows certain elective surgeries for non-life-threatening conditions, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital plans to resume elective surgeries May 11.

Those who had previously scheduled surgical procedures that were delayed due to the Illinois Stay-at-Home order during April will be contacted by their surgeon’s office to reschedule their surgery in upcoming weeks/months. Once scheduled, the hospital will contact patients for to be registered and to gather other insurance and medical history information.

HSHS Illinois Division Chief Nursing Executive Allison Paul shared, “We have not offered non-emergent procedures because of the Governor’s order for several weeks and there is quite a backlog of cases at each of our HSHS Illinois hospitals. We encourage patients to contact your doctor for more information about when you can get your procedure scheduled in the coming weeks.”

HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital will be following all Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Included in these IDPH guidelines that the hospital will be following are:

  • Patients preparing for an elective procedure must have a negative COVID-19 test on file within 72 hours of a scheduled procedure and must self-quarantine after being tested until the day of surgery to limit their risk of exposure. If you have a surgery or procedure scheduled, you will receive instructions from your provider or the hospital on next steps. If applicable, patients will be informed during a pre-surgical call the most convenient place to undergo this testing. St. Anthony’s will only be testing patients scheduled for procedures at an HSHS facility.
  • The patient’s one support person that will be allowed to accompany them the day of their surgery will be asked if they have any symptoms and checked for fever prior to entry.
  • The hospital’s current visitor restrictions will still apply to minimize traffic within the hospital to keep patients and the community safe.

Additionally, all patients and visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times while at the hospital. They may bring their own from home or will be given one at the hospital. The patient and support person will also be screened as they enter the hospital the day of the surgery.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Jennings shared, “During the unknown early stages of COVID-19 in the nation and our communities many hospitals, like ours, cancelled elective surgeries to ensure the hospital had the capacity to care for these patients and prepare for a surge. We are grateful that we can now begin to provide elective surgeries again to our area residents,” she said. “St. Anthony’s has established processes in place and we are working closely with our surgeons and other specialists to schedule procedures as soon as safely possible. We recognize there are many patients who are seeking care and we will do everything we can to accommodate requests for our care in a timely manner, while also ensuring we maintain a safe hospital environment for all patients we serve.”

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