Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to keeping you informed. Due to the increase in respiratory illness and the rise of COVID-19, SwedishAmerican is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in asking our patients these screening questions.

  • Do you have an unexplained, new onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, and or nasal congestion related to respiratory illness?
  • Have you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 confirmed by a lab test?

If you answered “yes” to these screening questions, please call your provider ahead of any visit.

SwedishAmerican also advises:

  • Stay home when you are sick and limit contact with others.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizing gel.
  • Cover your cough with your elbow and sneeze into a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects in your home (cellphones, for example).
  • Do not travel while sick.

SwedishAmerican in conjunction with the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health does not recommend wearing a mask if you are not sick. If you are experiencing severe respiratory symptoms, call 911.

If You Have More Questions about COVID-19

If you have more questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH Informational Hotline at (800) 889-3931 or e-mail DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.

Visitor Guidelines

Help us keep our community healthy and safe! To ensure both patient and visitor safety due to recent COVID-19 developments, SwedishAmerican has updated its hospital visitor guidelines. These updated guidelines are in effect beginning Saturday, March 21, 5:00 PM. 

It is recommended— 

  • Inpatient hospital: No inpatient visitors will be allowed, except for healthcare decision makers and visitors of end-of-life patients.

  • Pediatrics/NICU: Two primary support persons per patient will be allowed. Patient siblings or anyone under 18 are not allowed.

  • Labor & Delivery/Mother Baby: One primary support person per patient will be allowed. Patient siblings or anyone under 18 are not allowed.

  • Clinics: No visitors for clinic appointments, except one support person can accompany a cognitively disabled or physically impaired patient. Patient siblings or anyone under 18 are not allowed.

Also, healthcare decision makers, support persons and visitors of end-of-life patients who are currently experiencing or recently experienced any acute respiratory symptoms, such as a cough or shortness of breath, are not permitted.



Per Winnebago County Health Department Guidelines, SwedishAmerican is suspending the following support groups, classes and events until further notice:

  • Breastfeeding Basics
  • Breastfeeding Support Group (individual appointments still available by calling 779-696-4890)
  • Express Childbirth Education Classes
  • Stretch and Strengthen
  • SafeSitter Classes
  • All Katy’s Place groups and activities
  • All BetterLife Wellness classes/education (until April 30)
  • Rock River Valley Mended Hearts Support Group
  • Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab Program - (Phase III only is suspended until April 30.)
  • Heartland Hospice Grief Support Group Meetings
  • Friday, March 27, Foundation Update - Stockholm Inn 
  • Saturday, April 18, Swedes Night
  • Saturday, April 25, School of Nursing Alumnae Banquet
  • Sinnissippi Quilters Group
  • NAMI Family Support Group (Tues 1x/mo)
  • NAMI Connections Support Group (Sundays)
  • All CPR, PALS, ACLS and PHTLS classes, through the SwedishAmerican EMS Office
    (AHA will be giving a 60-day extension on all AHA cards that expire during this period.)

Clinic Appointments

We're trying to keep our community healthy! In an effort to support social distancing efforts and reduce the spread of COVID-19, we’re evaluating all patient care appointments and procedures to determine which ones can safely be postponed. Our clinic staff will reach out directly to patients to communicate any decisions made with respect to changes or postponements of appointments or procedures.

Additionally, we ask for no visitors for clinic appointments, except one support person can accompany a cognitively disabled or physically impaired patient. Patient siblings or anyone under 18 are not allowed.


Latest News Updates

The situation with COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve with more cases being identified in the U.S. and evidence of person-to-person spread. Get the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus from: