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Test Results

There were 37 positive test results reported on Tuesday, Jan. 26, bringing the total to 7,413 positve tests for Sarah Bush Lincoln. Twenty people are hospitalized today and 16 are in the COVID-19 Home program. To learn more about your county’s positivity rate, go to

Locating Your Covid-19 Test Results

Your COVID-19 test results will appear on your SBl Patient Portal as soon as they are available. Click on “Health Record” and scroll to the last entry “Covid:19 Results.”

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Respiratory Clinic

The Mattoon Walk-In Clinic is now a walk-in Respiratory Clinic seeing people with COVID-19 symptoms, Influenza A & B, RSV, breathing issues, etc. People with symptoms will be seen by a medical provider and can be tested for respiratory illnesses at this clinic. The Respiratory Clinic, located at 200 Dettro Drive, Mattoon, is open from 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Friday and 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Respiratory Clinic does not treat children under 6 months old with a fever (100.4ºF or 38ºC).

Community COVID-19 testing is by appointment at the Respiratory Clinic (200 Dettro Drive, Mattoon). Call 217 258-7490 to register and receive an appointment. An insurance card or your driver's license must be presented before a test can be completed. There is no cost for the test, however, co-insurance and or deductibles may apply based on your insurance coverage for specimen collection for the test. It takes just about 3:30 minutes to be tested. Test results will flow directly into your patient portal as soon as they are resulted.

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. 
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.

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: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
  • Video 2: How effective are the current vaccines?
  • Video 3: How much will the vaccine cost me?
  • Video 4: If I am vaccinated, will I test positive for COVID-19?
  • Video 5: Do I still have to wear a mask once I am vaccinated?
  • Video 6: What are the side effects of the vaccination?
  • Video 7: Should pregnant or breastfeeding women get the vaccine?
  • Video 8: What are the new strains of COVID-19 and will the vaccine protect me against them?
  • Video 9: Can I get COVID from the vaccine?
  • Video 10: When will the vaccine be available to the public?

Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19

For more COVID-19 FAQ, visit this page.


COVID-19 testing for those who need a test prior to a procedure or surgery will receive the test inside the new SBL Surgery Center on SBL campus (1007 Health Center Drive). Those seeking tests prior to a procedure will be registered by their provider and given an appointment time. They will be screened when entering the building.

For information about pre-procedural testing, call the Surgery Center at 217 258-7400.

COVID-19 @ Home

The COVID-19 @ Home program is for people who have COVID-19 and can manage their symptoms at home with a little help. They receive a care kit that includes a thermometer, pulse oxygenation finger monitor, and instructions on how to manage symptoms. They will also receive a telemedicine visit daily from a physician who will examine them.

ER Visitor Policy Revised

For the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff, visitors are not permitted 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, 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.

Visitor Policy at the Health Center

The visitor policy allows one designated support person per patient in inpatient and outpatient settings with the exception for patients on 2 South, 4 Medical and CCU and the ER. The support person should call 2 South, 4 Medical 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.

Tier 3 Mitigations (beginning Friday, Nov. 20)

Center for Healthy Living - The Fitness Center is limited to 25 percent capacity, which means no more than 57 people in the gym. The staff will monitor capacity. Fitness classes are resuming on a limited basis. The locker rooms are open. You must wear a mask while moving about the gym, and entering  and existing the gym, but not while exercising. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Fitness Center at 217 238-3488. Massage Therapy - Massage Therapy will be suspended.

COVID-19 Forms 

Visit the COVID-19 FORMS to download a form to complete in advance of your test in the Respiratory Clinic (200 Dettro Drive, Mattoon) 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 

Sarah Bush Lincoln screens all patients and visitors at Entrances A, 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. 
  • Entrances A and B are 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.