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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19

Palos Hospital continues to monitor COVID-19 and its impact in the communities served by Palos Health. Palos Hospital will continue to receive, review and analyze developments and information updates, including CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidance for the COVID-19 viral illness. Currently, the IDPH and CDC guidelines are utilized for referral for COVID-19 testing on a case-by-case basis. Concurrent with potential for community spread of COVID-19, Palos Hospital remains mindful of the current influenza seasonal outbreak, which has caused a substantial morbidity in the country and often shares similar symptoms to the COVID-19 virus. Palos Hospital will continue to follow protocols as they may evolve for these viral infections.

No visitors at this time

In an effort to keep our patients and our health care professionals safe, we are not allowing any visitors. (Our Birthing Center is the exception; one support person will be permitted.)

Staying Connected to Your Loved One

We understand that visits from your loved ones are vital to your health and well-being. However, due to COVID-19, Palos Health currently has visitor restrictions in place that limit the ability for  friends and family to visit. However, there are several options for you to connect with your loved ones.

Ways to Stay Connected:
1. Grab a pen and paper to send a hand-written note or picture.
2. Send an e-card here.

The temporary no visitor policy also applies to our outpatient facilities at the hospital (including the Emergency Department) and at the

South Campus in Orland Park (including the Immediate Care Center and Palos Medical Group offices).

For outpatient areas, exceptions will be made only for pediatric patients and patients requiring support person assistance for the time in our clinics. In these situations, each patient may bring one support person age 18 or older. The support person must be in good health, not exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness, and remain with the patient for the entirety of the visit. No children will be allowed to accompany a patient at this time.

For all other patients, any non-essential support persons and/or those providing transportation will be

asked to drop-off for the visit and await notification the visit is complete to pick up the patient without entering the building.

Other suspended activities

  • Until further notice all support groups (taking place at the hospital and at our South Campus), all birthing classes and birthing center tours, as well as our community education programs are suspended.
  • The cafeteria is not open to the public.
  • Additionally, we have temporarily suspended all therapy dog visits.
  • The Family Caregiver Resource Center will be closed until further notice due to Covid-19 precautions. Phone support will continue to be available. Family caregivers are invited to leave a message on 708-923-4970.

If you are interesting in donating protective gear to our front line employees, visit donating protective gear to learn more about how you can help. If you would like to send a donation of food to our front line staff, click here to learn more.

For the latest information regarding COVID-19, visit CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website or the IDPH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.