What You Need to Know about Coronavirus

Illinois Valley Community Hospital’s clinical staff has been trained on procedures to identify and treat coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working closely with the LaSalle County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health to monitor the latest developments and implement recommended screening and treatment guidelines.

COVID-19 Update

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that patients with coronavirus can experience mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms typically appearing 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What should I do if I have symptoms?

If you have symptoms but do not require emergency medical care, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance. If you do require emergency medical care, our Emergency Department is ready to meet your needs.

Should I get tested?

Please contact your doctor or other primary care provider regarding coronavirus testing if you believe you have been exposed and need to be tested.

Who is most at risk for severe complications?

Those most at risk of severe illness are the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and people who have other underlying health issues.

What are the best ways to prevent the virus?

Frequent handwashing is the first line of defense against coronavirus. Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol are effective.

Other was to prevent exposure to coronavirus include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throwing away the tissue
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched objects or surfaces with cleaning sprays and wipes.
  • Staying home when you are sick

I have an upcoming appointment at IVCH. Should I go?

Yes, plan to keep your medical appointment. As with any illness, contact your doctor or other provider before your appointment if you are not feeling well to determine if you need to reschedule.

Where can I find more information?

You can learn more about the coronavirus at the www.cdc.gov web site.