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

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to physicians and staff on December 20, 2020, as part of Phase 1a of the State of Illinois’ Mass Vaccine Distribution plan. The phased approach for vaccine administration continues to roll out in Illinois at this time, with each county health department structuring their own specific plan based on recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and other factors specific to individual counties. We are confident that regular and ongoing announcements will be made as more information becomes available and encourage you to regularly check the website of the health department in the county where you live for updates on vaccine administration:

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

We have highly encouraged 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.

When will I be able to get the vaccine?

Please continue to watch for information from the health department in the county where you live for announcements as each county moves through the phased Mass Vaccination Plan.

Can I get my name on a list to receive the vaccine?

Many of the area county health departments have a vaccine interest survey available on their website for individuals who are part of the 1b COVID vaccine distribution plan. This includes individuals 65 and older and essential frontline workers. Please check the website of the county health department where you reside (see links above).

Will I be able to get the vaccine through Morris Hospital or my physician’s office?

We’re not sure yet if Morris Hospital or Morris Hospital physician offices will serve as vaccine administration sites for the public. We remain in close contact with the Health Department and will make announcements as information becomes available.

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

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.
  • 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 October 31, 2020)

In response to the resurgence of COVID-19 in our community and in an effort to maintain a safe environment for our patients and staff, we regret that we are not allowing visitors/support persons at Morris Hospital or any Morris Hospital facility until further notice. This includes:

  • Inpatients (A support person may be approved on an individual case basis for patients who are at end of life)
  • Surgical patients
  • Emergency patients
  • Outpatient tests, procedures, therapy sessions
  • Immediate/Convenient Care visits
  • Physician office visits
  • Sleep studies

The only exceptions are, one (1) designated support person (age 18 or older) is permitted for:

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

Expectations of Support Persons:
If you are accompanying a patient as a result of one of the exceptions above, please help us maintain a safe environment by following these guidelines:

  • Support person must be free from illness and will not be permitted to enter if exhibiting fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough, or flu-like symptoms.
  • Support person will undergo a temperature check and screening questions before being permitted to enter. Anyone who screens positive or has a temperature of 99.5° or higher will be unable to enter.
  • Support person must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while in a Morris Hospital facility, including a patient room.
  • Support person may only eat or drink in the hospital cafeteria in order to assure that masks are in place at all times in inpatient care and reception areas.
  • Other than use of the cafeteria, gift shop, or restroom, support person must remain in the designated reception area or patient room at all times.

TEMPORARILY POSTPONED SERVICES

  • All public meetings, events, health education classes, support groups and student clinical rotations are suspended until further notice.
  • Wellness Wednesday screenings 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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