Restrictions & Precautions due to COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a number of precautions in place for the safety of our patients, employees, and the community:
(Updated September 28, 2020) – In response to the COVID pandemic, the following visitor restrictions have been put in place for the safety of our patients, visitors and staff:
One (1) designated support person (age 18 or older) per day is permitted for:
- Hospital inpatients between 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Visitors may be approved on an individual case basis for patients who are at end of life. Intellectually and/or developmentally disabled patients with prolonged hospitalizations will be allowed two support persons; only one may be present at a time.
- Patients in the Family Birthing Suites (24 hours daily).
- Emergency room patients (24 hours daily).
- Immediate Care and Convenient Care visits as needed.
- Healthcare Centers office visits as needed.
- Patients undergoing surgery or a procedure involving sedation (from patient’s arrival time until discharge unless patient has an inpatient stay then during inpatient visiting hours).
- Children age 17 and younger who are receiving any services at Morris Hospital or any of our facilities.
- Individuals with intellectual and/or development disabilities who are receiving any services at Morris Hospital or any of our facilities.
In order to minimize the spread of illness, visitors/support persons continue to be restricted in these areas:
- Inpatients placed in isolation may not have a visit from a support person, except for obstetrical patients.
- Patients having an outpatient test, procedure that doesn’t involve sedation, rehabilitation services, sleep study, or radiation therapy are asked to come to their appointment alone. The only exceptions are children 17 and younger, individuals with intellectual and/or development disabilities, and anyone else who needs continual assistance.
Expectations of Visitors/Support Persons:
If you are accompanying or visiting a patient, please help us maintain a safe environment by following these guidelines:
- Support persons must be free from illness and will not be permitted to enter the hospital if they are exhibiting fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough, or flu-like symptoms.
- Support persons will undergo a temperature check and screening questions before being permitted to enter the hospital. Anyone who screens positive or has a temperature of 99.5° or higher will be unable to visit.
- Support persons must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while in the hospital, including in a patient room.
- Support persons 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.
- Support persons must maintain 6 feet of distancing from others while in the hospital.
- Other than use of the cafeteria, gift shop, or restroom, support persons must remain in the designated reception area or patient room at all times.
- 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.
- If you have an in-person appointment and develop any of these symptoms – Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat, or Flu-Like Symptoms – CALL our healthcare office prior to coming in. Our clinical staff will discuss treatment and appointment options over the phone.
- 1 support person age 18 or older is permitted as needed.
- Parents of children receiving care may only bring the child who has the appointment. Siblings are not permitted.
- Everyone entering the building will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 with a temperature check and screening questions.
- Masks/face coverings are required by everyone for the safety of others.
For your safety and the safety of others:
- We are proactively screening everyone who enters our walk-in clinics for symptoms of COVID-19 through temperature checks and screening questions.
- Masks/face coverings are required for the safety of others.
- One (1) support person age 18 or older is permitted as needed.