Updates, Closings & Restrictions
Please Call Ahead Before Any Visit & Wear a Mask or Face Covering
To reduce community spread of COVID-19, we're asking all patients to please call ahead before visiting a clinic. If you have an appointment at a UnityPoint Health location, please wear a mask or face covering.
Visitor Restrictions Now In Place
The changes are effective immediately at all inpatient locations of UnityPoint Health – Central Illinois.
- Continued Visitor Restrictions: For the safety of our patients, caregivers and staff, we will continue to prohibit visitors in waiting areas and patient rooms. Exceptions will be made if they are necessary for an aspect of patient care or as a support for a patient with a disability. All essential visitors will be pre-screened in the same way as patients, including a temperature check that must be completed on the day of arrival at the facility and must be less than 100.0 degrees
- No visitors will be admitted unless critically essential for the patient's well-being.
- Exceptions may be made in certain situations, including end-of-life care, childbirth and those situations when a patient's visitors are considered to be essential for the patient's well-being and care.
- End of Life Visitors, patient to have up to two visitors at a time. Rotation of visitors is allowed within reason, and the use of technology is encouraged. All visitors must be screened and free from signs of illness and must wash their hands when entering a patient room. COVID-19 patients may have visitors and will need to work with the patient's care team to ensure they're follow the proper procedures related to PPE and other precautions. In all cases, the patient's care team will have final say on any variation in visitor protocol appropriate to a specific situation. The updated policy is effective immediately and is in line with the practices of other major healthcare organizations.
- Visitors that come to the main entrances of Methodist and Pekin after 6pm and Proctor after 5pm Monday – Friday will be routed through the Emergency Department. Main Entrances will be closed on the weekends and Visitors should enter through the Emergency Department.
- Visitors allowed within our inpatient facilities must be healthy. We strongly recommend you do not visit if you are displaying signs or symptoms of an influenza-like illness, which includes a fever, with cough or sore throat. If you show symptoms, you may be asked to leave.
- All essential visitors prior to entry into the hospital. This screening will include a series of questions and a temperature check. Visitors will be re-screened each time they enter the building.
- Out of respect to patients, staff and others, visitors with certain other symptoms, such as a runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, vomiting, or diarrhea should also postpone their visits.
- Some patient units, clinics, diagnostic service areas, and treatment areas, may already have additional restrictions to best protect our patients and the community.
We understand these restrictions may impose an inconvenience to some families, but it's an important step to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
The health risks from cold and flu remain high. Limiting visitors to our hospitalized patients will keep them safe while in our care. While the number of cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are still low in our state and region, these restrictions will also serve as a preventative measure for the virus.
If you have patients or families that need assistance setting up a virtual visit, please send an email request to Patient_Advocate@unitypoint.org.
Enter "virtual visit" in the subject line and please include the patient's name, room number and family contact info. Assistance is available from 8am- 5pm M- F.
For more ways to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza, and for the latest updates and guidance in this rapidly evolving situation, please visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Peoria City and County Health Department, Tazewell Health Department, and Illinois Department of Public Health.
Updates and Cancellations
Moms Matter - Maternal Mental Health Support Groups at UnityPoint Health - Methodist and UnityPoint Health - Methodist North are cancelled until further notice.
UnityPoint Health - Methodist Birthing Center Tours are cancelled until further notice.
Bariatric Weight Loss Orientation and Support Group - March dates have been cancelled.
Outpatient Imaging is available at UnityPoint Health - Methodist North only.
Cafeteria and Café at all campuses:
- All cafeterias will remain open selling take-out food, grab and go and bottle beverages. (Visitor restriction applies.)
The cafeteria dining/seating areas will be closed until further notice.
The Proctor Soda shop will remain closed until further notice.
The Pekin Nearly Nu will remain closed until further notice.
The Methodist Café is open. (Visitor restriction applies.)
All campus gift shops are closed until further notice.