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.
If you are sick and have respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, stay home unless you need medical attention. Remain in your home until you feel better and have no symptoms. Keep in mind there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill can isolate at home. While at home, as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people. Those who need medical attention should contact their health care provider who will evaluate whether they can be cared for at home or need to be hospitalized.
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.
We have been operating with heightened awareness for several weeks, including following all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control regarding identification, testing and precautions for any suspect patients, including working closely with the Grundy County and Illinois Health departments. The safety of our patients, visitors and staff is always a top priority.
- We have implemented temporary visitor restrictions at both our hospital and healthcare facilities.
- If there is any possibility that a patient may be infectious and the patient requires hospitalization, the patient is placed in a specially equipped negative pressure room that is designed to isolate the infectious risk from the rest of the hospital.
- Those who are permitted to enter an isolation room must wear personal protective equipment that includes gloves, gowns, respiratory protection and eye protection, as recommended by CDC.
- Our staff is continually trained and educated on the care of all patients, including patients with respiratory infection. With COVID-19, additional training and education is being provided and updated daily.
- 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.
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 surface
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!
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.
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.