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You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or our HSHS COVID-19 page.

COVID-19 Updates

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

Due to concerns about COVID-19, influenza and other illnesses, HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital has decided to postpone or cancel non-essential events/classes and enforce visitor restrictions.

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

St. Anthony's Radio Interviews
Dr. Ryan Jennings, HSHS St. Anthony's Chief Medical Officer provided updates on COVID-19.

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3.20.20 Radio Interview


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HSHS Medical Group is offering free virtual care for COVID-19-related visits through its Anytime Care app during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to get started.

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Dos & Don'ts of Social Distancing


Visitor Restrictions

With the spike in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases throughout Illinois including the southern Illinois region, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is no longer allowing visitors to the hospital effective at noon today, March 19, and the hospital’s lobby will be closed.  Loved ones can be checked on by calling the hospital at 217-342-2121.  Family and support persons should make sure to provide the nursing staff with their contact information.

The following exceptions to the “no visitor” policy are as follows:

  • Obstetrical patients are welcomed to ONE (1) support person who needs to be the same throughout the stay.
  • Pediatric inpatients under the age of 18 are welcomed to ONE (1) parent or guardian.
  • Patients seeking emergency services or those having surgery are welcomed to one support person who may not be under the age of 18 unless they are the parent.
  • Those reporting for outpatient services should ask their support person to wait in the car until they are alerted that the testing is complete.

The hospital’s Prairie Heart Institute at St. Anthony’s entrance is open only for outpatients from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Emergency entrance is only for emergency and obstetric patients.  Obstetric patients who need to access the hospital after 5 p.m. should do so through the emergency entrance.

Cancelled Events or Classes List

The cancellation list below will be updated as additional information becomes available. 

  • HSHS St. Anthony’s Foundation’s Butterfly Ball scheduled for March 14. The Butterfly Ball is being rescheduled for fall 2020.
  • All public masses in our Hospital Chamber are suspended until further notice.
  • March pre-natal classes.
  • April pre-natal classes.
  • Breast Cancer Support Groups scheduled for March 26 and May 28.
  • Breastfeeding Support Group scheduled for March 25 and April 29.
  • Bridges for Healing Hearts scheduled for April 2.
  • Diabetes Support Group scheduled for April 13.
  • Heartsaver CPR/AED Class scheduled for April 15.
  • Wellness Blood Screening Event at Newton Diagnostic Center scheduled for March 18.
  • Walk With a Doc scheduled for March 21 and April 18.
  • Monthly Blood Pressure Screenings scheduled at the following locations:
    • Altamont Municipal Building – March 23 and April 27
    • Dieterich Civic Center – April 9
    • Effingham Catholic Charities – April 1
    • Effingham Senior Center – April 2
    • Fayette County Senior Citizens Services – March 26 and April 30
    • Golden Circle Nutrition Site – April 6
    • Jasper County Senior Center – March 24
    • Shumway Kluthe Center – April 7

HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital will continue to evaluate other classes and programs into April and May.

This list will be updated on a regular basis to reflect additions and changes.

Suspended Services

HSHS St. Anthony’s is suspending their valet services offered to patients at their emergency entrance, Prairie Heart Institute at St. Anthony’s entrance, as well as at the HSHS St. Anthony’s Health Center at 900 West Temple Avenue.
HSHS St. Anthony’s will announce when valet services will resume for its patients’ use.

Thank you for your help in keeping our patients, colleagues and community safe.

Information surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic is constantly changing.  Please check back frequently to learn the most current news and updates