As part of the communities’ proactive advanced planning to reduce the risk of virus transmission and to protect the safety of patients, employees and the public, Blessing Health System has taken the following steps.

Screening process

Anyone entering Blessing Hospital, Blessing Health Center, Illini Community Hospital, or Hannibal Clinic, will be required to have their temperature checked before entering the facility. 

This includes all Blessing Health System employees.

If a person’s temperature is greater than or equal to 100.5 degrees, employees and staff will be directed to go home and follow their call-in policy. 

All others will be restricted from entering the facility if temperature is greater than or equal to 100.5 degrees. 

Employees and providers must be fever free for 24 hours without anti-fever medications before returning to work.

A  24/7 Public Hotline number – 217-277-3504 - is available for the public to call with any questions related to COVID-19. 

Flu-like symptoms

The safest course of action for a person feeling mild-to-moderate flu-like symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath is to self-quarantine in their home and to call their healthcare provider.  

The Blessing Health System hotline, 217-277-3504, will be staffed by nurses 24 hours each day who can discuss the symptoms the caller is experiencing and provide recommendations.

Hannibal Clinic is operating a Flu-Like Illness Screening Center on its main campus at 100 Medical Drive in Hannibal. Anyone with flu-like illness symptoms is encouraged to call the Blessing Health System hotline at 217-277-3504. 

The Flu-Like Illness Screening Center will now be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Patients who have not called the hotline will be asked to call before they can be see.

Visiting restrictions

As part of the communities’ proactive advanced planning, Blessing Health System has implemented enhanced visiting restrictions and controlled access points.