New COVID-19 restrictions in place at Edward-Elmhurst healthcare facilities

As COVID-19 cases increase in the region, Edward-Elmhurst Health (EEH) is implementing new protocols for entering its facilities, effective today.

No routine visitors will be allowed in EEH facilities until further notice.

All adult patients are asked to come alone if they have an appointment or plan to drop by. This means that if a patient is accompanied by a companion or care partner, they must wait in their vehicle. But some exceptions will be considered.

COVID-19 measures

The new facility restrictions at EEH come as the first cases of the Omicron variant COVID-19 were reported yesterday in DuPage County. At the time, county health officials announced they had identified 16 cases of the Omicron variant COVID-19.

In Naperville, health officials yesterday confirmed 2,384 active cases of COVID-19 over the past 14 days.

Edward Hospital in Naperville is currently treating 72 patients with COVID-19, including 38 unvaccinated and 20 vaccinated/pierced. Hospital chiefs are also reporting that one COVID-19-related death has occurred in the past 24 hours.

Yesterday, DuPage County reported that confirmed cases of COVID-19 exceeded the mark posted on November 21, 2020, by accumulating 13,184 over the past 14 days.

Also yesterday, Will County reported 10,059 confirmed cases in the past 14 days, slightly lower than the number reached on November 21, 2020.

Exceptions to Restrictions

There are several exceptions to the new restrictions in EEH facilities that apply to certain groups.

Pediatric patients

  • Individuals under the age of 18 are permitted to have a parent/guardian present during an outpatient appointment, emergency department, or immediate care visit.
  • Patients under the age of 18 in the General Pediatric Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery may have two parents/legal guardians present

Intensive care unit patients

  • No routine visitors are allowed
  • Staff will determine if visitors are allowed for people facing extenuating circumstances, such as end of life or a significant change in status

Mother-baby/labor and delivery

  • A care partner is allowed to be present
  • A care partner is required to stay in the patient’s room if their loved one is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is awaiting test results

Mitigating circumstances

If an appointment cannot be completed in the absence of a care partner due to a physical or mental health condition or other limitations, exceptions can be explored. The management of each department will manage when and if exceptions can be granted.

Care Partner Entry Requirements

An approved care partner will need to meet a list of requirements before entering EEH facilities. They include:

  • Skip visitor filtering
  • No active COVID infections
  • No exposure to COVID in the last 14 days
  • Compliance with personal protective equipment, physical distancing and hand washing requirements
  • Stay in the patient’s room at all times

Common area closures

All public areas of EEH facilities – cafes, cafes, gift shops and communal waiting rooms – are closed to patients and approved care partners.

Reporting by Megann Horstead of Naperville News 17.

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