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Test Results

There were 72 positive test results reported on Monday, September 28, bringing the total to 2,059 positve tests for Sarah Bush Lincoln. Seven people are hospitalized today. To learn more about your county’s positivity rate, go to

Drive-Thru Hours Expanded

The COVID-19 Drive-Thru testing garage on the east side of the Sarah Bush Lincoln campus has expanded its testing days. It is open from 1 to 6 pm Monday through Friday and 7 am to noon on Sunday for community testing. Please call 217 258-7490 to pre-register. 

People who are having tests performed prior to a procedure or a operation will be tested by apppointment from 7 am to noon on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday in the drive-thru garage Patients will be called by the office performing the procedure to schedule the test within 72 hours of the procedure.

Drive-Thru Testing Capacity Limited

As the demand for COVID-19 testing is dramatically increasing in our area, our partner labs performing the tests are overwhelmed. As a result, we are currently forced to limit the number of specimens we can send to them each day.'

If you call 217 258-7490 to pre-register for a COVID-19 test at our drive-thru site, which is available 1 to 6 pm, Monday through Friday and 7 am to noon on Sunday, you may be told that the testing capacity has been reached for the day. In this event, you will be registered for your collection on the next available day. Please monitor your symptoms and call your primary care provider as needed. People who need to be tested for COVID-19 prior to a procedure or operation will continue to be tested by appointment.

If you have been directly exposed to someone with the virus, please quarantine at home for 14 days. Remember, it generally takes at least three to five days after exposure for enough of the virus in your system to show up positive in a test, so testing before that point is not warranted. If you do not have symptoms, there is no need for a test. You should just quarantine. We ask that local employers take this seriously and note that a negative test is not needed after the 14 days of quarantine to return to work if symptoms never appear.

As we try to conserve tests, we recommend community testing for individuals who are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you receive a positive result, you should isolate yourself at home away from others for 10 days or as directed by your county’s public health department. Many people will continue to test positive for weeks after they contract the disease, but almost no one is capable of transmitting the disease 10 days after they have tested positive if they are improving and have no fever. That is why you do not need a negative test after 10 days of isolation to return to work.
For our community members: please follow guidelines for wearing a mask anytime you must be in public. We ask that you remain diligent in helping control community spread of COVID-19.


ER Visitor Policy Revised

For the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff, effective August 7 we are no longer allowing visitors in our ER with limited exceptions. This only applies to the ER and not the hospital or clinics. Thank you for your understanding.

Regional Cancer Center Visitor Restrictions

Due to the higher incidence of COVID-19 in the area, beginning Monday, August 17, visitors are not permitted in the Regional Cancer Center. Patients can have a support person with them during a new consult and educational session. The patients seeking treatment are among the most immune-compromised patients and SBL has a responsibility to keep them safe. Thank you for your understanding.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

We sat down with Vice President of Medical Affairs James Hildebrandt, DO, to answer some frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

  • Video 1: When to get tested, when someone is contagious and are two negative COVID-19 tests necessary to safely return to work?
  • Video 2: Can I get COVID-19 by touching contaminated surface? Difference between isolation & quarantine. How SBL isolates COVID-19 hospitalized patients.
  • Video 3: Do masks prevent the spread of COVID-19? The role of the County Health Department during pandemic. What is the COVID-19 antibody test?

Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19

For more COVID-19 FAQ, visit this page.

Visitor Policy Revised

The visitor policy is less restrictive allowing one designated support person per patient in inpatient and outpatient settings with the exception for patients on 2 South and CCU and the ER. The support person should call 2 South and CCU in advance to determine whether their loved one can have a visitor. There are no support person visits for people with COVID-19 or who are PUI (person under investigation), unless it is end of life. No visitors in the ER.

Scheduled Inpatient & Outpatient Surgeries and Procedures 

People who are having scheduled inpatient and outpatient surgeries/procedures will need to have a negative COVID-19 test result 72-hours prior to their scheduled surgery/procedure. The nursing staff will make arrangements for this test. Beginning August 3, specimen collection is by appointment from 7 am to noon on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

COVID-19 Forms 

Visit the COVID-19 FORMS to download a form to complete in advance of your test in the Drive-Thru garage on the SBL campus to help speed up the process. You may also download and complete a form to have your results faxed to a specific designation. Please give this form to the screener. There is also a link in the right hand navigation.

Curbside Prescription Pickup

Prairie Medical Pharmacy is offering curbside pickup at Entrance F from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday. You will need to call 217-238-6270 in advance, and upon arrival, your prescriptions will be delivered to your car at the canopied entrance.

Patient and Visitor Screening – Beginning Wednesday – 3/18/20

Sarah Bush Lincoln will begin screening all patients and visitors on Wednesday, March 18, at Entrances B, F and H at the Health Center and at all extended campus clinics.

  • Temperatures of patients and visitors will be taken. You will also be asked screening questions regarding symptoms (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) travel and whether you had exposure to someone with the virus
  • Patients with a fever equal to or greater than 100.4ºF or 38ºC will be given a mask and allowed to seek the services they needed.
  • Visitors with a temperature equal to or greater than 100.4ºF or 38ºC or any positive responses to the symptoms, travel or contact with someone with COVID-19, will be denied entrance into the building and recommended to call their primary care provider. 
  • Entrance B is locked at 8:30 pm, while entrances, F and H are locked at 5 pm. You will be able to exit the building through these doors. The ER can be accessed 24/7.
  • In the extended campus clinics, patients and guests will be screened in the same manner and visitors who are positive to these screening questions will be directed to wait in their cars as well.