COVID-19 – What You Need To Know

Morris Hospital is committed to helping the community navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. This page includes the latest information on our safety measures, restrictions, and testing capabilities, along with helpful resources from the Centers for Disease Control.

If you develop symptoms or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. If you have an emergency warning sign, get emergency medical care immediately. 

COVID-19 TESTING AT MORRIS HOSPITAL

There are two options for COVID-19 testing through Morris Hospital:

Outpatient Drive-Thru Testing – Physician order required

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: M-F 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

TESTING LOCATION: Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St., Morris (follow drive-thru testing signs leading to corner of Lisbon & High Streets)

INSTRUCTIONS: Testing through the Morris Hospital drive-thru requires an order from your physician/provider. After the order is received, a Scheduling representative from Morris Hospital will call you to schedule a testing appointment. Test results can take up to 72 hours (sometimes longer) and will get sent to the ordering physician, who will inform you of your results. You can also check your patient portal for test results or contact the provider who ordered the test. Please remain at home, away from others while you are waiting for your test results.

IMMEDIATE/CONVENIENT CARE VISIT 

WALK-IN: Hours vary by location

INSTRUCTIONS: Individuals seeking COVID-19 testing due to COVID-like symptoms, COVID exposure concerns, school or travel requirements are first examined by a medical provider at one of our urgent care locations. Depending on testing supply availability and the provider’s recommendation, a rapid test or a send out test may be used. Test results on send out tests are typically available within 72 hours (sometimes longer depending on demand). We will submit to your insurance company for the COVID-19 exam and test. To find out more about what to expect from your COVID-19 visit at one of our Urgent Care locations, click here.

Locations include:

ADDITIONAL TESTING SITES IN ILLINOIS

Information is available through the Illinois Department of Public Health that identifies community-based testing sites. These mobile testing sites are open to all regardless of symptoms.

COVID-19 VACCINE

Morris Hospital employees share why they received the COVID-19 vaccine  –  CLICK TO SEE MORE

While Morris Hospital is not administering vaccine to the community, vaccine is now readily available through county health departments, many retail pharmacies, and State of Illinois mass vaccination sites, including  the site at the former Shabbona Middle School, 725 School Street, Morris. Appointments can be scheduled through grundyhealth.com. You do not have to be a resident of Grundy County to get vaccinated at this State supported site. Currently, appointment times are released on Mondays for the upcoming week. If appointment times are full, we encourage you to check grundyhealth.com again the following Monday.

In addition to the mass vaccination site in Morris, you can check the website of the county where you reside for vaccine information:

For a list of all vaccination sites in Illinois, please refer to the State of Illinois website.

When will I be able to get the vaccine?

Beginning April 12, 2021, all Illinois residents age 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine.

What is Morris Hospital’s opinion of the COVID-19 vaccine?

We highly encourage our employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they are able to. Vaccinating the majority of the population is key to ending the pandemic.

Clinical trials of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines demonstrated that they are both safe and 94-95% effective. The technology used in both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines – mRNA – has been under investigation for a decade. These mRNA vaccines use a lipid nanoparticle to deliver a small piece of messenger RNA to the cell. This mRNA only codes for the spike protein from the surface of Sars-CoV-2. The cell’s machinery then reads the code of the mRNA and produces the spike protein. The body will respond with an antibody response which confers immunity. This mechanism mimics natural infection with the virus. There is no way for the mRNA to enter the cell’s nucleus which contains the cellular DNA. In other words, it cannot affect a person’s DNA.

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19.

What if I have more questions about the safety of the vaccine?

We encourage you to review the educational materials prepared by the Centers for Disease Control:

If you’re still unsure about receiving the vaccine, please speak to your physician.

Additional Resources about the COVID-19 Vaccine
Please Help Slow The Spread of COVID-19

Even after you have been vaccinated, please continue to help slow the spread of the virus and protect yourself, your loved one and the community by:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Washing your hands
  • Watching your distance from others

MORRIS HOSPITAL SAFETY MEASURES

A number of measures are in order to safely deliver care at Morris Hospital and our 24 medical facilities throughout Grundy, LaSalle, Livingston, Kendall, and Will counties. When it comes to public places, we believe our facilities are among the safest:

  • Every patient or visitor who comes to a Morris Hospital facility is screened for symptoms of respiratory illness, has their temperature checked, and is required to wear a face covering/mask at all times. If you’re coming to the hospital or any of our facilities for services, please be sure to bring a face covering with you.
  • Special visitor guidelines are currently in place to maintain a safe environment for our patients and guests. (see below)
  • Our staff self-monitors for illness daily, and practices universal masking physical distancing in the workplace.
  • Extra cleaning measures remain in place, including frequent cleaning of high touch areas.
  • For the highest level of safety, all patients are tested for COVID-19 upon admission to the hospital. Inpatients who test positive for COVID-19 are placed in an isolation room that has negative air pressure in order to contain any potential airborne contaminants.
  • All patients undergoing surgery or a procedure involving anesthesia are tested for COVID-19 prior to the procedure.

VISITOR RESTRICTIONS & GUIDELINES

(Effective February 19, 2021)

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, special Visitor Guidelines are currently in effect at Morris Hospital and all Morris Hospital facilities to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff:

  • All visitors to Morris Hospital or any Morris Hospital facility must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Visitors must wear a well-fitted cloth or surgical mask at all times (bandanas, neck gaiters and loose fitting facial coverings are NOT permitted).
  • When entering a Morris Hospital facility, visitors will have their temperature checked, answer questions about any current symptoms, and apply hand sanitizer. Anyone who screens positive or has a temperature of 99.5° or higher will be unable to visit.

INPATIENT UNITS:

Inpatients on 2 East, 2 South, and ICU may have 1 visitor at a time (age 18 or older) during visiting hours: 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Visitors are not permitted for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19.

If the patient is being discharged before or after visiting hours, one visitor will be permitted outside of normal visiting hours in order to receive discharge instructions.

FAMILY BIRTHING SUITES:

1 support person age 18 or older is permitted at all times for laboring mothers.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES FOR INPATIENTS (INCLUDING COVID PATIENTS):

Special visiting arrangements may be requested for:

  • Children 17 and younger who are receiving any service at Morris Hospital or a Morris Hospital facility.
  • Patients with an intellectual and/or developmental disability or diagnosis that impairs understanding, judgment, or decision-making.
  • Patients who have reached end of life.

EMERGENCY, OUTPATIENT, AND OFFICE VISITS:

Patients may have 1 designated visitor age 18 or older in the following settings:

  • Emergency Department (24 hours). If the patient is admitted to the hospital, the Inpatient Unit visitor guidelines will apply.
  • Surgery or procedure
  • Outpatient tests, therapy sessions
  • Immediate/Convenient Care visits
  • Physician office visits

EXPECTATIONS OF VISITORS:

If you are visiting or accompanying a patient, we ask that you help us maintain a safe environment by respecting our visitor guidelines. Visitors who do not adhere to the visitor expectations will be asked to leave.

  • Visitors must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while in a Morris Hospital facility, including private patient rooms and exam rooms.
  • When visiting a patient in isolation, visitors must wear required personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Please maintain 6 feet of distance from others whenever possible.
  • In order to assure that masks are in place at all times, eating and drinking is only permitted in the hospital cafeteria.
  • Other than use of the cafeteria, gift shop, or restroom, visitors should remain in the designated reception area or patient room at all times.
  • Because patients are limited to 1 visitor, any additional visitors should wait outside or return home. Groups are not permitted to gather inside the hospital.

TEMPORARILY POSTPONED SERVICES

  • All public meetings, events, health education classes, and support groups are suspended until further notice.

CORONAVIRUS EDUCATION

For detailed information about COVID-19, call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease Hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the latest information and prevention tips related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Additional education, links and resources about COVID-19 can be found below:

CDC SELF-CHECKER

Click the button below to access the CDC’s guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.

EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

As we all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, it’s essential that we don’t forget to take care of ourselves. This means mind, body and soul.

Here are some resources for managing the stress and anxiety commonly experienced during this unprecedented challenge:

USEFUL INFORMATION
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