Stronger. Smarter. Safer.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in mid-March, we have implemented a number of measures in order to safely deliver care at Morris Hospital and our 24 medical facilities throughout Grundy, LaSalle, Livingston, Kendall, and Will counties. In fact, we believe that when it comes to public places, 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 before being permitted to enter, and is required to wear a face covering/mask in accordance with Illinois’ requirement for public places. If you’re coming to the hospital or any of our facilities for services, please be sure to bring a face covering with you.
- Our visitor restrictions remain in place in order to limit the people coming into our facilities to those who need to be here. That means, if you’re coming for an appointment, test or procedure, you should come by yourself. The only exceptions are: 1 support person is permitted for laboring mothers, children 17 and younger, and individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Thank you for your cooperation.
- All of our staff self-monitor for illness daily, wear a mask, and practice 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 in order to identify any patients who may be positive without having symptoms. 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.
- Patients with respiratory symptoms who come to the Emergency Department are asked to return to their car and pull around to a special entrance where they are initially evaluated. Only those requiring hospitalization are brought inside the Emergency Department where many special precautions are in place.
- In our walk-in clinics and physician offices, patients with respiratory symptoms are restricted to video visits so those who need to be seen for other reasons can continue to come in person.
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States was reported Jan. 21, 2020, and the first confirmed case in Illinois was announced Jan. 24, 2020 for a Chicago resident.
The World Health Organization has identified Wuhan, China as being the location of origin of the outbreak. COVID-19 is highly contagious, but symptoms can range from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to be mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Preliminary data suggest older adults and people with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems seems to be at greater risk of developing serious illness from the virus.
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.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in contact with someone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19, please contact your provider and follow the steps identified by the CDC in this link in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
- If you need to seek medical care, please do so responsibly by CALLING in advance so you can receive further instruction.
- 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.
Click the button below to access the CDC’s guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.
Two types of COVID related testing are available through the Morris Hospital Laboratory:
- Nasopharyngeal swab is a viral test that is used to determine if someone is currently infected with COVID-19. The test involves collecting a sample from the patient’s respiratory system through a swab inserted in the nasal cavity.
- Nasopharyngeal swab testing requires a physician’s order and is available as an outpatient laboratory test for individuals who have COVID symptoms, as well as those who are scheduled for surgery or a procedure involving anesthesia.
- Testing is performed outside the former outpatient entrance at the corner of Lisbon & High Streets and is done while the patient remains in their car. The hospital Scheduling department calls the patient to arrange an appointment time once the physician’s order is received.
- Patients with COVID symptoms who are seen through a video visit with a Morris Hospital Convenient Care or Immediate Care clinic may receive an order for an outpatient nasopharyngeal swab test to be performed through the drive-up testing site at Morris Hospital.
- Test results are sent to the ordering physician and may be available within 1 hour or up to 3 days, depending whether the test is processed in the Morris Hospital Lab or sent out to a reference lab.
- Testing may also be performed through the Morris Hospital Emergency Department as part of an emergency visit for COVID symptoms.
Serum COVID IGG Testing
- Serum COVID IGG is an antibody test that is used to determine if someone had a recent or past exposure to the COVID virus. The test involves a blood draw.
- Serum IGG antibody testing requires a physician’s order and is available as an outpatient laboratory test for individuals who are 11 days past the first onset of symptoms.
- The test can be scheduled at a Morris Hospital laboratory collection site in Channahon, Diamond-Coal City, Dwight, Morris or Ottawa after obtaining a physician’s order.
- Results are sent to the ordering physician and are usually available within 1-2 days.
We strongly encourage members of the community to take the following steps to protect themselves and their loved ones:
- Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Effective May 1, Illinois residents are required to wear a mask or face covering in public places or where it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and others. This is important because you could have COVID-19 and spread it to others even if you do not feel sick
- Cloth face coverings should cover your mouth and nose.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove the mask without assistance
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect others in case you are infected
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Please remember to bring your masks with you if you are visiting any of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers’ facilities! Anyone who isn’t wearing a mask at the hospital or any of our locations will be asked to put one on before entering.
Morris Hospital is now accepting donations of cloth masks made by community volunteers for use by patients and visitors who do not have their own mask. For more information, follow this link.
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.
- To help us along the way, Morris Hospital’s Wellness Manager Leigh Anne Hall will be offering health and wellness advice at 8:40 a.m. every Tuesday on WCSJ 103.1 FM. Her advice will be re-aired after 5:20 p.m. in the afternoons. Tune in every Tuesday to get tips on how to keep your mind and body in shape!
- The Morris Community YMCA is offering several great resources, including free fitness classes via Facebook and Zoom, activities for children and a daily prayer call. All can be accessed by anyone regardless if you’re a YMCA member. We encourage you to check out their Facebook page (@Morris YMCA) and their website (www.jolietymca.org).
Here are some additional resources for managing the stress and anxiety commonly experienced during this unprecedented challenge:
Extraordinary times bring out extraordinary people. As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, we have been in awe with the outpouring of acts of kindness to our hospital and employees. In recognition of the individuals and organizations who have honored us, we’ve found a way to at least chronicle and recognize their generosity. Click on the button below to see more.
We have been so grateful for the many people and organizations who have provided donations to support Morris Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are now accepting donations of cloth masks made by community volunteers. For more information, follow this link.
While our medical-grade mask supply is stable at this time, we are accepting masks, face shields and hand sanitizer from businesses and members of the community who would like to make a donation.
Donations can be dropped off at:
- The Receiving Dock at the hospital, which is accessible from Lisbon Street on the west side of the hospital campus. Please follow signs to Receiving, ring the buzzer at the bottom of the dock ramp, and leave the donation outside the door.
If anyone has any questions or donation possibilities, please call Brandon Senesac, Supply Chain Manager, at 815-705-7542 or email him at email@example.com.
Thank you again for your cooperation and support.
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