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Sarah Bush Lincoln Announces Updates to their facilities

Covid-19 Test Results

Sarah Bush Lincoln has received 130 negative Covid-19 test results since testing began in mid-March. Two additional positive test results were received bringing its total positive Covid-19 test results to six. None have resided in Coles County and no Covid-19 patients are hospitalized at SBL.


Sarah Bush Lincoln has implemented a short-term staffing reduction as it navigates through this pandemic. It is just temporary.

The staffing reduction has affected nearly every area of the Health System. Of the 2,450 employees, it adjusted staffing to meet patient volumes. In the last week, the reduction was an equivalent of 512 full-time employees. Some employees’ work weeks were reduced by a number of hours, days or weeks depending on their job roles. They all retain benefits and employment status.

Clinic Hours

Effective April 6, many of our clinics are temporarily adjusting their hours of operation to meet the current patient demand.

• Charleston Family Practice Clinic
Monday through Thursday to 8 am to 4 pm; Closed on Friday

• Evergreen Clinic
Offices of SBL Effingham Surgery Clinic and Effingham Urology
8 am to 4 pm – Monday through Thursday; 8 am to noon – Friday

• Sullivan Clinic closing at noon every day.

• Arthur Clinic will be closed every Wednesday

• Arcola Clinic will be closing at 3 pm every day

• Shelbyville Clinic will be closing at 3 pm every day
Pediatric Clinic (Prairie Pavilion 1)
• 8 am to 4 pm – Monday through Friday


Sarah Bush Lincoln continues to accept handmade masks that will be distributed to employees in non-patient care areas of the Health System and to asymptomatic patients and guests. They can be dropped off in the entry way of Prairie Pavilion 1 on the Health Center’s campus. They will be laundered and redistributed.

Recent evidence indicates that a significant number of people, who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19, are spreading the virus. Many experts are recommending that everyone should wear masks when out in public. It is expected that the World Health Organization and CDC will also be recommending universal masking in the near future.

Being proactive, all employees, visitors, and patients in the Health Center and in any of our extended campus locations will wear a mask at all times. This will be implemented over the next several days.

At our entrances, patients and visitors will be asked to use hand sanitizer and put on a mask before entering, and then they will have their temperatures taken and travel, health and proximity to COVID-19 questions asked.


Sarah Bush Lincoln recently adopted a more restrictive visitor policy. Visitors will not be permitted in the Health Center or clinic locations with few exceptions, including childbirth, end-of-life, for people in Critical Care and those undergoing surgery.

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