April 24th COVID-19 Press Release

Public Update:  Morrison Community Hospital is continuing to restrict all visitors and non-essential vendors.  We appreciate our community and patients support during this challenging time.

As we continue to work through the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we want to remind the public that we are screening and testing patients who exhibit suspected symptoms of COVID-19 on the ground floor “former clinic” area seven days a week 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  This area is isolated for individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms only.  The entrance is located on the south side of the hospital (Knox Street) with directional signage provided.  Patients are then asked to call 815-772-5505 to be registered and a provider will then call to initiate the screening process.  If testing is necessary, the provider will make the decision as to whether or not the individual should be tested.  In many cases, the patients are screened at curbside.  This is the best clinical practice to avoid any additional contact with other potentially infected patients.

All other patients can be seen in the Family Care Clinic with new hours of operation. Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (closed on the weekends).   If you prefer not to come to the hospital you can take advantage of clinic services utilizing telehealth through your phone or computer.  Telehealth visits can be arranged with a primary care physician, therapist, specialty physician or other hospital provider. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call the clinic at 815-772-5511. We want our patients to know that we are here for your healthcare needs. 

Our WALK-IN services are available on Saturday and Sundays via telehealth as well.  Please call 815-7725505. You will be screened over the phone and a healthcare provider will make recommendations based upon the phone screening.  The process is quite simple and we want our patients to know that we committed to addressing their healthcare needs and have developed options for keeping our communities healthy. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health in coordination with the Illinois Poison Control Center have launched the Illinois Coronavirus Hotline and email address to answer questions Local Health Departments, clinicians, and the general public may have regarding the 2019 novel Coronavirus. To contact The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) call 1-800-889-3931 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV

I know it has been difficult not having our customary freedom and not seeing our children and grandchildren, but the extra precautions will be rewarded in the long run.  A team effort is necessary from us all to champion this virus.  Thank you to our community for maintaining your social distancing and maintaining positive attitudes.  We will get through this!

Pam Pfister, CEO