SINAI HEALTH SYSTEM
In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as City and State officials, Sinai Health System is taking proactive steps to minimize the risk of exposure and transmission of the COVID-19 virus at our hospitals and clinics.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING NEW VISITOR RULES, EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 16 AND CONTINUING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AT ALL SINAI HEALTH SYSTEM LOCATIONS.
Visitors will NOT be allowed in most inpatient and outpatient areas, with certain exceptions for children and other patient groups.
Please note the following:
Any and all visitors and/or support persons must pass screening before being allowed into the hospital or clinic. NO ONE will be admitted with flu-like symptoms or respiratory illness (cough/sneeze, fever, difficulty breathing).
No visitors allowed under age 18.
For critically ill or end of life situations (including hospice and palliative care), the care team will work with the family to determine visitors allowed, in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommendations. Visitor allowances are subject to the approval of the unit director.
In our outpatient clinics and emergency departments, limit to one support person per patient.
For mothers in labor, limit to one support person per patient.
In the Mother-Baby and Neonatal Intensive Care units– ONLY parents of the infant will be allowed. No siblings, grandparents or other relatives will be allowed.
At Sinai Health System, we are committed to keeping you and your loved ones healthy and safe. All patients and visitors must check in at the information desk at each location. We are actively screening all patients and visitors entering our hospitals and clinics, checking on the following:
Travel history (including cruises, all international travel)
Engagement/exposure in any large group gatherings of more than 50 people),
Contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
If they are experiencing any of the following symptoms that may be associated with the virus – fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
Visitors who answer “yes” to any of these questions will be will be sent home or referred to the Emergency Department for further evaluation.
We will also be collecting contact information for all visitors for any necessary follow-up.
Please also note:
We are also closing the dining rooms in our cafeterias at both Mount Sinai Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital. Food and beverages will still be available for purchase.
Our warming centers in the emergency department waiting areas will also be closed until further notice.
Hospitals and health systems like Sinai treat patients with a wide variety of infectious diseases on a daily basis. Our caregivers are trained to properly isolate and treat patients with appropriate services and equipment to care for their conditions and prevent the spread of disease.
We apologize for any inconvenience these new procedures and restrictions may cause. We hope that you will understand that these guidelines are in place to protect you and your family, as well as our caregivers.