WCSJ Photo

WCSJ Photo 

Morris Hospital has updated its visitor guidelines. One visitor/support person age 18 or older is permitted for patients coming to Morris Hospital for any reason beginning on Friday, February 19th.

This includes hospital inpatients, emergency visits, surgeries and procedures, outpatient tests and therapy sessions, Immediate/Convenient Care and physician office visits.

There is only one exception: visitors are not permitted for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19. Inpatient visiting hours are 12 p.m.-7 p.m. The support person for obstetrical patients will continue to have 24-hour visiting. For patients who are discharged before or after visiting hours, special accommodations will be made to assure that a family member is present to receive discharge instructions.

Visitors coming to the hospital on weekends should use the Emergency entrance after 1 p.m. on Saturdays and after 11 a.m. on Sundays. Special visiting arrangements may be requested for children 17 and younger, patients with an intellectual and/or developmental disability that impairs understanding, judgment and decision-making, and patients who have reached end of life.

The special visiting arrangements also apply to hospitalized COVID patients. Anyone visiting or accompanying a patient is asked to help maintain a safe environment at the hospital and all Morris Hospital facilities by respecting the visitor guidelines.

This includes wearing a mask at all times while inside a Morris Hospital facility, undergoing a temperature and wellness screening at the entrance, maintaining 6 feet of distance from others, refraining from eating and drinking except in the hospital cafeteria, and wearing the required personal protective equipment when visiting a patient in isolation.

Anyone currently showing signs of illness should not visit or accompany a patient. To review Morris Hospital’s full visitor guidelines, go to morrishospital.org/visitors.