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.

Visitor restrictions

Visitor restrictions put in place at HSHS Illinois hospitals have been updated due to a decline in COVID-19 numbers in central and southern Illinois. Visitors will still be required to wear a mask at all times while in the hospitals and should expect to be screened.

Visitors will now be permitted as follows: 
  • Emergency department: One visitor who must remain in the patient’s room for the duration of visit.
  • Inpatient adult: One visitor during the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Inpatient end-of-life: Two visitors at a time.
  • Women and infants center: Two designated visitors a day. Visitors can change day to day. 
  • Pediatrics (inpatient and outpatient): Two parents/guardians.
  • Surgery/OSC (inpatient and outpatient): One visitor in the waiting room only for the duration of the surgical procedure.
  • Outpatient diagnostic and therapy services: Patient being provided outpatient services are encouraged to come alone whenever possible or have visitors wait outside until services are complete.
  • Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments: One support person.
Children under 16 are not permitted to visit, unless they are the parent of a child receiving care.

We will continue to review and modify visitor policies as the COVID-19 situation evolves and infection prevention guidance from federal and state public health agencies is updated. 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.

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.

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.