As part of the communities’ proactive advanced planning to reduce the risk of virus transmission and to protect the safety of patients, employees and the public, Blessing Health System has taken the following steps.
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Blessing Health System COVID-19 Hotline
A 24/7 Public Hotline number – 217-277-3504 - is available for the public to call with any questions related to COVID-19.
What To Do If You Are Sick With Flu-Like Symptoms
The safest course of action for a person feeling mild-to-moderate flu-like symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath is to self-quarantine in their home and to call their healthcare provider to determine the next step in their care. Blessing Health System has also established a hotline at 217-277-3504. It will be staffed by nurses 24 hours each day who can discuss the symptoms the caller is experiencing and provide recommendations.
Flu-Like Illness Screening Center
Hannibal Clinic is operating a Flu-Like Illness Screening Center on our main campus at 100 Medical Drive in Hannibal. Anyone with flu-like illness symptoms is encouraged to call the Blessing Health System hotline at 217-277-3504. Depending on the results of the screening, you may be directed to the Flu-Like Illness Screening Center. Hours of operation of the screening center are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to Noon. Anyone who comes to the Flu-Like Illness Screening Center without first calling the hotline will be directed to call the hotline prior to being seen.
Visiting Restrictions and Hotline Information
As part of the communities’ proactive advanced planning in reducing the risk of virus transmission and to protect the safety of patients, employees and the public, Blessing Health System has implemented enhanced visiting restrictions and controlled access points. At Hannibal Clinic, patients are asked to bring no more than one visitor with them to their appointment. This visitor will also be screened prior to entry to Hannibal Clinic.
How Coronavirus spreads
Each of us is the first line of defense in reducing the risk for coronavirus. That’s because its symptoms, transmission, treatment and recovery are similar in many ways to influenza. Coronavirus is spread from person-to-person by respiratory droplets, such as when someone who is sick coughs or sneezes. Both the flu and Coronavirus cause mild to moderate respiratory illness, though some cases have been severe. Coronavirus symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after initial exposure to the disease.
To help protect yourself, take the following steps to reduce your risk of infection from Coronavirus, the flu or even the common cold:
- Wash your hands frequently. Learn more on proper handwashing techniques in this video.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid contact with others who are sick.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue and wash your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick.
This page will feature updated information as needed.
In the following links you will find more helpful information from the Center for Disease Control and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.