View up to date information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the Illinois Department of Public Health
You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or our HSHS COVID-19 page.
Due to concerns about COVID-19, influenza and other illnesses, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital has decided to postpone or cancel non-essential events/classes at the hospital thuntil further notice. This includes Mass celebrated in St. Mary's Chapel. Mass will be broadcast to patient rooms only as the chapel is no longer open to the public.

Events or meetings directly related to patient care will not be cancelled. All essential hospital functions will continue as usual.

Public health officials recommend using social distancing early to help slow the spread of disease. Social distancing refers to maintaining enough distance between yourself and another person to reduce the risk of breathing in droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Individuals with questions should go to or call 217-464-2966.

Visitor restrictions

In accorance with the advice of IDPH and the CDC, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital will no longer allow visitors, except under special circumstances, effective until further notice.
Family members and loved ones should provide nursing staff with their contact information and may call 217-464-2966 to check on their loved ones.
The exceptions to this policy are:
  • Patients nearing the end-of-life may have one support person.
  • Obstetrical patients may have one support person who must be the same individual throughout the stay.
  • Patients seeking emergency services, those having surgery, or any outpatient procedure with anesthesia, may have one support person who may not be under the age of 18, unless he/she is the parent.
  • Those reporting for outpatient diagnostic or therapy services should ask their support person to wait in the car until testing is complete.
All patients and visitors who meet any of these exceptions will be screened for signs or symptoms of acute respiratory illness:
  • Temperature >100.0
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
Visitors who display these signs or symptoms will not be permitted access to the facility.

The only entrances open to these visitors will be the main lobby and emergency department.
Thank you for your help in keeping our patients, colleagues and community safe.

Volunteer restrictions

  • Volunteers who are 65 years of age or older, or those who have chronic health conditions, may not volunteer at the hospital.