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, seek emergency medical care immediately. 

COVID-19 TESTING THROUGH MORRIS HOSPITAL

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

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A PHYSICIAN’S ORDER

INSTRUCTIONS: If you are seeking COVID testing due to symptoms, exposure, or school or travel requirements and don’t have a physician’s order, you can walk in to one of our urgent care locations where you will first be examined by a medical provider. Test results are typically available immediately.

We will submit the COVID-19 exam and test to your insurance company (for self-pay patients, we will submit the charges to HRSA Uninsured Fund). After payment is received from insurance (or HRSA Uninsured Fund for self-pay patients), you will not be billed for any remaining balance resulting from the COVID test and exam. Therefore, there is no cost to the patient for COVID testing.  If any additional tests or procedures are ordered during the urgent care visit, such as an x-ray, you will be responsible for any remaining balance resulting from these additional services after insurance payment is received.

For our Urgent Care hours and locations, please visit:

IF YOU HAVE A PHYSICIAN’S ORDER 

INSTRUCTIONS: For patients who have a physician’s order, COVID testing is available at the following Outpatient Laboratory Testing locations. Pre-operative COVID testing must be completed before 2 p.m. the day before the procedure.

  • Morris Hospital Outpatient Laboratory
    Address: 150 W. High St., Morris
    Hours: M-F 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Please follow the instructions provided to you by the physician who ordered your test. If your physician ordered a COVID test for you but did not provide you with instructions, you can call our Scheduling line at 815-942-4105.

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

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While Morris Hospital is not administering vaccine to the community, vaccine is readily available through county health departments, many retail pharmacies, and State of Illinois mass vaccination sites.

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?

The COVID vaccine is now available for individuals age 12 and older .

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

The CDC has many resources available that address vaccine safety (please see links below). If you still have questions after reviewing this information, you can always speak with your physician about the vaccine.

VIDEO: Click here to hear what trusted physicians at Morris Hospital have to say about the COVID-19 vaccine.

MORRIS HOSPITAL SAFETY MEASURES

Numerous measures remain in place to safely deliver care at Morris Hospital and our 27 medical facilities throughout Grundy, LaSalle, Livingston, Kendall, and Will counties:

  • 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 well-fitted cloth or surgical mask at all times as the Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend universal masking in healthcare settings regardless of vaccination status.
  • Special visitor guidelines remain in place for the safety of our employees, patients and visitors. (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 June 7, 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 refuses to comply 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: 11 a.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. After delivery, 1 additional visitor is permitted at a time (age 18 or older) during visiting hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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, please help us maintain a safe environment by respecting our visitor guidelines. Visitors who do not adhere to the visitor expectations will be unable to visit.

  • Both vaccinated and unvaccinated 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.

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.

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