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. Please note that rapid results are not available at this time (updated 8/23/21). Before coming to one of our urgent care locations, we highly encourage you to read the current testing procedure at our urgent care locations.

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.

SPECIAL VISITING GUIDELINES

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.

At this time, all visitors to Morris Hospital or any Morris Hospital facility must be 18 years of age or older. This includes those visiting hospitalized patients and support persons accompanying a patient for surgery, a procedure, outpatient test, therapy session, emergency department visit, immediate/convenient care visit, or physician office visit.

If you are planning to visit a patient in the hospital or accompany a patient to an appointment or visit, please go to our Visitor Information page for the full Visitor Guidelines.

COVID-19 VACCINE

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While Morris Hospital is not administering vaccine to the community at this time, 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:

  • Grundy County Health Department – starting 7/15/21, offered by appointment on Thursdays to Grundy County residents. Call 815-941-3404. For more information, go to: grundyhealth.com
  • Kendall County Health Department – kendallhealth.org
  • LaSalle County Health Department – lasallecounty.org
  • Livingston County Health Department – lchd.us
  • Will County Health Department – willcountyhealth.org

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 .

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 inpatient visitor guidelines remain in place for the safety of our employees, patients and visitors.
  • 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.
  • Unvaccinated patients undergoing surgery or a procedure involving anesthesia are tested for COVID-19 prior to the procedure.

CORONAVIRUS & VACCINE 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:

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.

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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