COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines


If you have symptoms such as cough, fever, chills, running nose, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting or muscle aches, you could have a virus. This virus COULD BE COVID-19.

While your symptoms could be the cause of many viruses or illnesses, the following precautions must be maintained until you receive your results:

  • Stay home unless your symptoms are emergent: difficulty breathing, chest pain, unable to eat/drink, severe vomiting or weakness.
  • As advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we recommend you stay in your home and have limited contact with others to prevent spreading this infection.
  • The elderly or those with significant medical issues are at high risk of complications from this infection. We recommend you stay away from these populations for the next two weeks.
  • Limit times outside of your house – do NOT go to school, work, or public areas.
  • Separate yourself from others in your home.
  • Use a different bathroom if possible and do not share household items like dishes, glasses, cups, forks, spoons, or towels.
  • Clean counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables often.
  • Clean your hands often for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer
  • COVER your cough and sneezes
  • Throw used tissues in a lined trashcan and wash your hands right away.
  • If you need to seek a healthcare facility:
    • Put on a facemask upon entering.
    • If an ambulance is needed, ask that they apply a facemask upon arrival.

COVID-19 Results:

  • Most likely results will not be available for 3-5 days
  • If positive, you will be contact by either a Kirby Medical Center healthcare employee or the Public Health Department
  • Please Do Not Contact the Emergency Department for results.

If you need to seek medical attention or have questions regarding your care:

  • Contact Kirby Medical Group at 217-762-6241 Option 2
  • Avoid showing up at a healthcare facility without a plan in place if possible.
  • If you have emergent needs, please dial 911.

3/18/2020 11:00