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One patient in intensive care at Silver Cross Hospital tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email sent by President/CEO Ruth Colby on March 18.
The patient, a woman in her 50s, is currently in isolation.
In a separate email received Thursday, March 19, Silver Cross noted it has tested 44 patients to date, with 17 of those coming back negative. It is awaiting the results of 26 others, four of whom are inpatient.
The email sent on March 19 also states that Silver Cross received a shipment of N95 and paper masks. N-95 masks can be reused throughout a shift.
The hospital also announced that as of March 18 it is not allowing visitors in any area of the hospital, which includes inpatient, outpatient and the emergency department. The public will not be allowed to wait in the hospital lobby. For more information about the visitor policy, visit silvercross.org.
Limited exceptions are to be made for single visitors over the age of 18 to pediatric, end-of-life and critically ill patients, to be determined on a case-by-case basis, according to the email. Patients in the Mother Baby Unit may have one visitor, as well. While in Labor and Delivery, patients may have one partner and one doula if needed.
Also as of March 18, the hospital started screening all people who enter the hospital at all four locations: the emergency department, main lobby entrance, Pavilion A/B and the cancer center.
Reporting by Sean Hastings, Editor. For more, visit NewLenoxPatriotDaily.com.