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Morris Hospital Expands Visitor Restrictions

Morris Hospital Expands Visitor Restrictions
March 19, 2020 Mark Malone

Morris Hospital Expands Visitor Restrictions

March 19, 2020, Morris, IL – For the safety of the community, Morris Hospital has further restricted visiting at the hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Effective immediately, no visitors are permitted for hospital inpatients. The only exceptions will be 1 support person for:

  • Laboring mothers
  • Critical patients
  • Children 17 and younger who are hospitalized or in the emergency department
  • Patients having surgery or invasive procedures involving sedation

For patients who are at end of life, visitors will be evaluated on a case by case basis. No other visitors are permitted at the hospital or allowed to accompany outpatients. Additionally, anyone who needs to come to the hospital will have their temperature checked before entering.

Beginning March 20, the hospital’s Patient Transportation Service has temporarily suspended all services for the safety of the volunteers. All impacted riders have been notified.

Hospital officials continue to urge the public to follow the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health’s advice: Those with mild illness should not come to the hospital or other care centers but instead should stay home and rest until they’re well.  Testing for COVID-19 is only done for patients who meet very specific criteria. If symptoms progress, it is advisable to call your healthcare provider who will advise if you need medical treatment. Anyone with respiratory symptoms who is planning to seek care at a walk-in clinic should call in advance for instruction. Based on the CDC guidelines, the healthcare provider will evaluate the symptoms by phone and provide instruction.

As always, anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If you are seeking emergency medical care and think you could have coronavirus, please tell the medical workers in advance so they can prepare for your arrival.

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