FOR THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS, STAFF AND COMMUNITY, CARLE LIMITS VISITORS AND SUPPORT PEOPLE IN OUR FACILITIES.
Support persons must be over 14 or a patient’s parent and must wear proper PPE. Carle follows Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) healthcare setting guidelines. These may differ from state public guidelines. All visitors and support persons must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth at all times while in Carle care facilities. Acceptable face coverings include non-medical disposable or fabric masks.
Each hospital and their surrounding outpatient clinics have established visitor guidelines that support the needs of local community transmission and their location procedural requirements. Outpatient clinics throughout the region currently allow each patient to have one support person, two if the patient is under the age of 18, with them during their visit.
The CDC does not recommend masks with exhalation valves because they may not prevent you from spreading germs to others. Please preserve medical-grade masks and N-95 respirators for healthcare personnel. A face shield does not replace a mask.