Restrictions & Precautions

Restrictions & Precautions
March 16, 2020 Mark Malone

Restrictions & Precautions due to COVID-19

For the safety of the community, Morris Hospital is implementing strict precautions to limit the number of persons coming to the hospital or any of its medical facilities. Effectively immediately:


  • No visitors are allowed for hospital inpatients during their hospitalization. The only exception is 1 support person for: laboring mothers, children 17 and younger, critical patients, and patients having surgery or invasive procedure involving sedation.
  • No visitors under age 18 are permitted.
  • Visitors for patients who are at end of life will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • No other visitors will be permitted or allowed to accompany outpatients.
  • Those who are ill or exhibiting cold or flu symptoms may not enter the hospital.
  • Temperature checks will be conducted on patients, visitors, and anyone else entering the building through our two public entrances.
  • All elective surgeries and elective invasive procedures have been postponed through at least April 7. Please discuss your specific surgery with your physician.
  • Beginning March 21, the main lobby doors will close at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Anyone from the public needing to enter the hospital after 1:30 p.m. on weekends will be re-directed to the emergency entrance.


  • One designated support person is allowed for laboring mothers. The designated support person permitted for a laboring mom will not be allowed to return to the unit if they leave the hospital.


  • The hospital’s Patient Transportation Service has temporarily suspended all services for the safety of the volunteers.


  • Patients coming to any Morris Hospital Healthcare Center facility for any reason may be accompanied by 1 person age 18 or older. If a support person is not necessary, they are encouraged to wait in the car.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat, Muscle Aches, Runny Nose should CALL the healthcare office prior to coming in. Clinical staff will discuss treatment options over the phone.
  • At this time, providers are determining which patients should be seen in the office. Some patients may be asked to reschedule their appointment if the circumstances allow. When possible, providers are also conducting virtual appointments by video or by phone.
  • Parents of children receiving care may bring only the child to the appointment. Siblings will not be allowed out of concern for their health.
  • All support persons will be screened at the nearest registration point. Support persons who have flu like symptoms should NOT accompany patients.
  • A safety-screening check is now being implemented at both entrances at the Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Center of Morris Hospital in Morris.


  • For all other patients coming to our Convenient Care and Immediate Care facilities, we are taking a number of steps to keep you safe. Every morning, each staff member is screened for fever and respiratory symptoms. We are sanitizing every touched surface diligently throughout the day. Visitors are screened at the door for any respiratory symptoms and elevated temperature. People with any symptoms are instructed to return to their car and call us for further instructions. All patients are welcome to wait in their car if a treatment room isn’t immediately available. And, social distancing is practiced in the lobby.


  • Imaging Services is postponing all screening outpatient appointments, such as mammography, bone density exams, lung cancer screening CT, and ultrasound exams that are for screening purposes. Appointments be will continually evaluated to determine if appointments can be postponed if they aren’t deemed urgent or emergent.


For the safety of our patients, the following services have been temporarily suspended until at least April 7:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation


  • The Morris Hospital Sleep Center is closed until at least April 7 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


  • All public meetings, health education classes, support groups and student clinical rotations have been suspended until further notice.
  • If you have mild illness, stay home and rest until you’re well. Do not come to the hospital.
  • If your symptoms progress, call your healthcare provider who will advise if you need medical treatment. Based on the CDC guidelines, your healthcare provider will evaluate your symptoms, ask about contact to a known case, or any recent travel to an affected geographic area and evaluate if you are at a higher risk for serious illness.
  • If you need to seek medical care, please do so responsibly by CALLING in advance to report your symptoms. That allows the medical providers to implement steps to reduce the risk of exposure to others.
  • As always, if you’re having a medical emergency, you should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If you think you could have coronavirus, please tell the medical workers in advance so they can prepare for your arrival.

IMPORTANT: Based on CDC guidelines, not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. At this time, Morris Hospital only tests individuals who meet the criteria outlined by CDC. Please do not come to the hospital just because you’re not feeling well.

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