SIH Adopts No-visitor Policy

CARBONDALE – Due to the ongoing threat of community transmission involving the COVID-19 virus, SIH regretfully announces a no-visitor policy for patients hospitalized in our facilities. This decision, effective immediately, was made in the best interest of our patients. SIH thanks the community for its understanding and support of difficult decisions such as this as

Local Municipalities Brace for COVID-19 Financial Impact

MT. VERNON – The COVID-19 outbreak worldwide is not just causing a public health crisis, it is also causing a rapid economic downturn, and local municipalities are having to wait and see what the final damage will be to their overall tax revenue. Mt. Vernon City Manager Mary Ellen Bechtel says the city could lose

HMHD Welcomes Fabric Masks During COVID-19 Pandemic

MCLEANSBORO – Hamilton Memorial Hospital is welcoming fabric masks from the community as they prepare for COVID-19. Orders for standard/disposable masks are on long back orders, due to both demand and supply chain issues. Other hospitals across the country are reporting the same supply concerns. According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response

Severe Storms Thursday Cause Damage in Hamilton, Perry Counties

DAHLGREN/SUNFIELD – Severe storms Thursday afternoon did some damage in Hamilton County. According to Hamilton County EMA Director Nathan Taylor, several homes received minor damage. Some roofs were partially damaged. Several trees and power lines were also down. One camper attached to a truck was blown over. No injuries were reported. In Perry County, several

SSM Health Opens First COVID-19 Testing Sites

CENTRALIA/MT. VERNON – SSM Health in Southern Illinois has opened its first COVID-19 testing sites, which will test people who are showing symptoms of the virus. To be tested, patients must first complete a free online evaluation at If they meet the criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control, they will then be