Infection Control

Update on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Saint Anthony Hospital (SAH) continues to work with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which continues to evolve. In addition to Mainland China, where 99% of Infections with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) occurred, there have also been cases in other locations, including the United States. For more detailed information and status of the virus and risk level, please visit IDPH or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Measures Saint Anthony has taken to prevent transmission of the virus

Enhanced screening of patients is being done at hospital entrances such as clinics and Emergency Department. 

Clear, visible and bilingual signage is posted at all entrances. 

Our trained and knowledgeable staff will expedite triage of suspect cases in a safe way.

Any suspect patients will be placed on full precautions and rapid viral testing will be done.

Useful Information for our Patients and Families

Our focus is patient-centered care which goes a long way to ensure we provide the highest quality of health care in a safe manner. 

We at Saint Anthony Hospital are fully prepared for any contingency.

Our infection control department is in frequent and regular contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for situational updates on COVID-19 and revises our preparedness accordingly. At this time, IDPH states that the risk to Americans is low. 

If you:

  • Have been outside the United States in the last two weeks OR
  • Know someone who may have COVID-19 AND
  • Have a clinic appointment or need to come to our hospital 

AND

have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Please call our main switchboard at 773-484-1000 prior to your visit so we can have you assessed as soon as you arrive.

This helps us to quickly identify patients who have signs and symptoms of infection.

How to protect yourself:

Hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of infections:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Remember to wash your hands:

  • When entering or leaving the hospital and clinical areas
  • Before eating or drinking
  • After using the washroom
  • If your hands become visibly dirty