Covid – 19 Information Page

Our hospital continually works to be prepared for all types of infectious diseases. We are taking proactive steps to protect our patients, health care workers and the community. We are constantly monitoring ongoing COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) and implementing their recommendations.


Macoupin County Public Health Covid-19 Hotline Number: 217-313-5078


Carlinville Area Hospital is not considered a testing site. There will be a charge for your visit, billed as a regular office visit co-pay. When utilizing our clinic for testing, your results will be given to you by a provider and an exam will be done.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

One or more of the following: 

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea

Serious symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Loss of speech of movement

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms or call 911.

How long does it take to get the PCR results back?

 24-48 hours 

 

What should I do if I am exposed but do not have a PCP?

Contact your local health dept. or come to our walk in clinic if you are experiencing symptoms. 

  1. If you have been boosted or fully vaccinated less than 6 months ago with Pfizer or Moderna (or less than 2 months ago with J&J):
    1. Wear a mask around others for 10 days (Day 0 is day last exposed.)
    2. Test on day 5-7 if possible.
    3. If you develop symptoms get a test, and stay home
  2. If you have not been boosted and were fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago with Pfizer or Moderna (or less than 2 months ago with J&J) OR are unvaccinated:
    1. Stay home for 5 days.
    2. Continue to wear a mask for 5 additional days (= days 6 through 10).
    3. If you cannot quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
    4. Test on day 5 – 7 if possible.
    5. If you develop symptoms get a test, and stay home.

What should I do if I’ve only had one vaccine and have been exposed to Covid?   

  1. If you have been boosted or fully vaccinated less than 6 months ago with Pfizer or Moderna (or less than 2 months ago with J&J):
    1. Wear a mask around others for 10 days (Day 0 is day last exposed.)
    2. Test on day 5-7 if possible.
    3. If you develop symptoms get a test, and stay home
  2. If you have not been boosted and were fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago with Pfizer or Moderna (or less than 2 months ago with J&J) OR are unvaccinated:
    1. Stay home for 5 days.
    2. Continue to wear a mask for 5 additional days (= days 6 through 10).
    3. If you cannot quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
    4. Test on day 5 – 7 if possible.
    5. If you develop symptoms get a test, and stay home.

How long should I quarantine?

If you are positive for COVID-19, you should:

  1. Stay home for 5 days.  (Day 0 is day symptoms first started OR day of positive test if not having symptoms.)
  2. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are improving after 5 days, you may leave your house.
  3. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (= days 6 through 10).
  4. If you have fever or worsening symptoms, continue to stay home (except to receive emergent medical care, if needed) until without fever x 24 hours without fever lowering medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen and symptoms are improving.

Do I quarantine if I am fully vaccinated?

Yes, if you are positive. If you are fully vaccinated and exposed you do not need to quarantine unless you test positive OR develop symptoms  

What are the common signs and symptoms of Covid vs the Flu?

Symptoms are very similar that’s why it is good to get tested to get a definitive answer.  

How do I go about getting just an order for a Covid test?

Contact your primary care doctor and obtain an order, if you do not have a PCP you can contact your local health dept. or come to our walk-in clinic IF you’re experiencing symptoms.

What OTC or prescription meds are recommended to treat Covid-19 symptoms?

Please note, if you have chronic medical problems, especially heart problems, kidney problems, diabetes, or stomach ulcers, some of the medications may not be appropriate for you, so you should consult your regular primary care provider who knows you best before you take them.

  • Neti pot or saline wash: Twice per day.  This helps wash out extra mucus that can clog your nose, cause sinus pressure, and run down the back of your throat and make you cough.
  • Acetaminophen: Standard over the counter tablets come in 325 and 500 mg tablets. Adult dosing is up to 1000 mg per dose, up to 3 times per day [this is every 8 hours].  Do not take more than 3000 mg in 24 hours.  This can be used for fever and pain.
  • Ibuprofen: OTC tablets are 200 mg each. Adults can take 3 tablets [total of 600 mg] every 6 hours as needed for fever, muscle aches, headache
  • Tussin: Adult dose is 1-2 teaspoons every 4-6 hours as needed to help loosen up mucus for cough.
  • Honey: 1 teaspoon every couple hours as needed for cough. You can put this in tea, take it directly off the spoon, or etc.  In some studies, honey worked as well as prescription medications for cough.  DO NOT GIVE TO CHILDREN UNDER 1 YEAR OF AGE.
  • Zinc gluconate: Adult dose is one 13.3 mg lozenge dissolved in the mouth every 4 hours as needed, not to exceed 6 lozenges per day. Best when started 24-48 hour prior to onset of cold symptoms.  May reduce duration of symptoms.
  • Fluticasone nasal spray: Adult dose is 2 sprays per nostril daily. This reduces allergy symptoms.
  • Maintain good hydration: Water intake for most healthy adults is 64 to 100 ounces each day.  This is very variable depending upon your health status.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: Your body needs nutrients to complete its tasks and keep you healthy.

How long am I considered contagious after testing positive?

Precautions can be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and after resolution of fever for at least 24 hours and improvement of other symptoms.  For people who are severely ill (i.e., those requiring hospitalization, intensive care, or ventilation support) or severely immunocompromised, extending the duration of isolation and precautions up to 20 days after symptom onset and after resolution of fever and improvement of other symptoms may be warranted.

What is considered an exposure? 

If you are within 6 feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes cumulative in a 24 hour period without wearing a mask, you are considered exposed.

Can I come to the Hospital to get a Covid test?

The Hospital does provide testing with the following procedures in place:

  • A physician order needs to be obtained and faxed to the Hospital scheduling department at 217-854-8566. Once the order is received, the Hospital scheduler will contact the patient to schedule a time for the drive-through test.
  • Patients without an order but are showing symptoms may utilize our 7-day a week walk-in clinic. The clinic is open from 8am-4pm. Please note, you do not have to be a patient of our clinic to utilize the walk-in services. 

Where do I go for testing

ALL COVID testing is done behind the hospital, FOLLOW THE SIGNS around back and pull up to the shed, they will take your information and send you to the correct area for either COVID testing with an appointment or for the walk-in clinic

I am having respiratory symptoms and need to be seen at the walk-in clinic, where do I go?

All patients that are being seen at the walk in clinic for any respiratory, flu, or covid symptoms should be directed out back to the tent/WEST PARKING LOT.  (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.)

How do I obtain my results?

For those presenting with a physician order, the office that ordered the test will contact the patient with results. In this case, CAH is conducting the test but will NOT have the results. Hospital schedulers and/or front desk staff will direct you to contact the ordering office when calling for results.

Is there a charge for testing?

Yes. All COVID testing will be billed to insurance, or can be paid via private pay – the test is not free.

I was exposed and want a test, but am not showing symptoms, what can I do?

Please contact your health care provider, or contact the Macoupin County Public Health Department Covid-19 Hotline at 217.313.5078.

Is it safe to come into the Hospital for other services?

Yes. CAH&C continues to treat the communities we serve. We have an excellent team of professionals ready to serve your health needs. Screening precautions are in place for anyone entering and exiting the building.

These precautions help us to ensure we are able to monitor visitor and outpatient access to better protect our patients, medical professionals and hospital staff during this time.

Please do not neglect your health during this time. We are open. We are safe. We are Ready.