West Suburban Health System Juggling 22 Coronavirus Cases

Rachel Pierson
March 25, 2020 - 7:33 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Edward Hospital in Naperville was treating 10 patients who tested positive for COVID-19, while Elmhurst Hospital was treating 12, officials with the system said Wednesday. 

Edward-Elmhurst Health spokesperson Keith Hartenberger says the patients have been placed in airborne isolation units and the hospitals have implemented visitor restrictions.

"Now, we do have exceptions in cases where patients are critically ill or end-of-life patients,” he said. “Family members will work with a care team to determine how many visitors and when visitors are allowed.”

In addition to visitor restrictions, anyone entering the hospital is screened immediately.

"When visitors show up, they're screened at the information desk and they're checked for fever and other symptoms that may be flu-like or COVID-like and if they're exhibiting those symptoms or if they have a fever, they're not allowed into the hospital."

Hartenberger said each hospital is equipped with a triage tent to test potential coronavirus patients. 

Edward Hospital's tent is located outside its emergency room and Elmhurst's is set up in the ambulance bay. 

A third tent is set up at Edward Elmhurst's corporate center for 25 physician-ordered tests per day. Patients need to contact their physician, conduct a phone screening and have the physician determine they might be COVID-19 positive.

Both Edward Hospital in Naperville and Elmhurst hospital are well-equipped with PPE (personal protective equipment).