3/20/2020 11:24:00 AM CMH preparing for coronavirus fight
Volunteers from the Robinson Fire Department, Robinson Street Department and Marathon work to put up a tent outside Crawford Memorial Hospital. The tent will allow hospital staff to conduct cornoavirus screenings isolated from other patients. Tom Osborne | Daily News
Crawford Memorial Hospital continues to take steps to get ready to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the event it spreads here.
Volunteers from the Robinson Fire Department, Robinson Street Department and Marathon erected a tent under the canopy of the east entrance to the hospital.
In case of a surge of patients, the tent will allow the hospital a place to properly triage patients away from any waiting areas and be able to isolate patients who may be contagious.
Every patient who enters the hospital is currently being screened and the tent will likely be used soon to limit patient/staff exposure.
CMH continues to follow Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines which currently only call for testing of patients who are older or have other underlying illnesses or are living in areas such as nursing homes. But, the situation is very fluid and may change suddenly.
Younger patients who are otherwise healthy and have no underlying symptoms may not be tested for coronavirus to conserve tests and supplies for higher risk patients.
Many services and clinics will remain closed until further notice including Healthworks and the lab at the Robinson Rural Health Clinic. Patients who typically use this lab may use the lab inside the hospital.
During the pandemic, CMH is closed to all visitors and the general public. The hospital is still caring for patients and patients may bring one caregiver with them each day. All patients and caregivers will be screened before entering the hospital.
All elective procedures have been postponed. All patients who had elective procedures have been contacted, but if you have not heard from your provider and think you have an elective procedure scheduled, please contact their office.
The emergency department is open to assist and evaluate patients. The Saturday clinic will also remain open. Patients will have to call before they can enter the clinic and will be screened over the phone. They may then be added to the daily schedule and will be asked to wait in the their car for their safety until the exam room is ready.
The symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19 are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. You are at a higher risk for the disease if you have a history of recent travel. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms - especially if you have traveled - please call 544-3131 before coming to the hospital.