Dear Patients & Community Members:
We wanted to take a moment to address our patients and community regarding
the recent outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
While the media has been quick to provide real-time updates regarding the
spread of the virus, we highly recommend you rely on trusted and respected
health services when looking for information about the novel coronavirus.
The Loretto Hospital, along with other community healthcare centers, The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at and the
World Health Organization (WHO).
In order to receive a COVID-19 PCR test at the Loretto Hospital, call 773-854-5475
or 833-TLH-LOVE for same day appointment. We are no longer accepting walk
What is The Loretto Hospital doing to prepare for the virus?
We have a rigorous screening process in place and are immediately isolating
anyone presenting with possible coronavirus symptoms. Our specialists
are well-trained in infection control processes and protocols, and we
continue to ensure all areas of our facilities are fully sanitized for
your protection. If you are not feeling well, we recommend contacting
your doctor before your appointment or procedure.
The Infectious Control and Emergency Preparedness team began training for
all of our staff members this past week. Training is focused on CDC’s
infection control guidelines to protect our patients and employees. Additional
things we are doing include:
- Posting signs for visitors and employees
- We will have visitor restrictions
- As a preventative measure, the hospital has cancelled all community-related
and external events with 25 people or more
- We are part of Chicago’s Healthcare Coalition and attend weekly calls
about updates from CDC
UPDATED VISITOR POLICY:
Effective March 16, 2020 The Loretto Hospital has implemented a strict
NO VISITOR policy in any of our inpatient or outpatient areas across the hospital. Exceptions will be made for minor children receiving care in the emergency
We understand that this change will represent a significant hardship for
both patients and families. This was a difficult decision, but one that
we feel is critically important to protect the patients, their families,
our staff and the community we serve.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUSTIONS REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS:
What is the Novel Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses, some that cause illness
in people and others that cause illness in animals. Coronaviruses include
the seasonal flu and common cold. Novel (new) coronaviruses are new strains
of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans.
Reported symptoms can include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath and
may appear in as few as two to fourteen days following exposure. If you
develop a cold or flu-like symptoms, especially after travelling, it is
recommended to call your local healthcare provider for personalized expert advice.
How It Spreads
According to the CDC, transmission of the virus is primarily spread between
people who are in close contact with one another. It is also believed
that a person can be exposed to the new coronavirus by touching a compromised
surface or object. However, due to the delicate nature of the virus, the
CDC has stated that exposure from products or packaging that are shipped
or mailed over a period of days or weeks as “very low risk.”
Prevention & Treatment
The PHAC, WHO and the CDC have recommended the following steps to help
reduce the risk of exposure and to help prevent spreading the virus:
You can protect yourself from this disease the same way you protect yourself
and others from the flu and various respiratory illnesses.
Wash your hands. Washing your hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer when soap
is not available, is a great way to prevent the spread of any disease.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or face when hands are unwashed
Stay home when you are sick. If you aren’t feeling well, the best way to stop the spread of
disease is to stay away from heavily populated areas like work or school.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
Clean and disinfect household surfaces frequently
Avoid crowded areas
If you see a physician at Loretto Hospital, and would like to speak to
them, please call: 833-TLH-LOVE (773-854-5475).
For more information, the Cook County Department of Emergency Management
and Regional Security and the local health departments have set up information
sites and phone lines for the general public, as noted below:
Illinois Department of Public Health HOTLINE: 217-782-2016 or after business hours and weekends at 217-782-7860.
Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security:
Chicago Department of Public Health HOTLINE: 312-746-SICK (312-746-7425) or after business hours and weeks, dial 311.
This is a time for concern, but not a time for panic. Thank you for entrusting
The Loretto Hospital with your care. We are proud to serve you, and look
forward to continuing to do so.
The Loretto Hospital
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, including
severe illness and death.
- COVID-19 vaccines are effective against severe disease and death from variants
of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating in the United
States, including the Delta variant.
- Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated,
even with the Delta variant. When these infections occur among vaccinated
people, they tend to be mild.
- If you are fully vaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant,
you can spread the virus to others.
- People with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive
medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer
or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s
If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you
are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully
If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
- You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
- If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others.
- To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly
spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an
area of substantial or high transmission.
- You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve
been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you
should get tested and stay home and away from others. If your test is
positive, isolate at home for 10 days.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune
system, should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated
people until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
- If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should
get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have
symptoms. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.
You can find a COVID-19 Vaccine near you by through CDC’s Vaccine
Finder by visiting
www.vaccines.gov or through the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 Vaccination Finder by visiting
Schedule a COVID-19 Test
We offer COVID-19 RT-PCR test, a test that accurately detects SARS-CoV-2
in respiratory specimens. The PCR test is the “gold standard”
test for diagnosing COVID-19 because it’s the most accurate and
reliable test. In order to receive a COVID-19 PCR test at the Loretto
Hospital, call 773-854-5475 or 833-TLH-LOVE for same day appointment.
We are no longer accepting walk in patient
CDC COVID-19 Information