Published on March 13, 2020

Essentia Health limits visitors at senior care communities

Essentia Health is following guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to limit the potential transmission of COVID-19 in our facilities. At our long term care and assisted living facilities, we are postponing gatherings and events, screening all visitors and limiting access.

Maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our senior care residents is our top priority. We have plans in place and can respond quickly and efficiently should the virus affect a resident, caregiver or visitor.

For the protection of our residents, caregivers and family, the following restrictions are being implemented:

  • Routine social visits are restricted until further notice.
  • Our senior care communities (nursing homes, senior apartments and assisted living facilities) will restrict access to essential visitors only. Specifically, this means limiting visits to those related to a change in a resident’s condition or a loved one being at the end of life.
  • Essential visits will be limited to the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Everyone entering these buildings will undergo screening at the designated entrance.

These restrictions are in effect at Essentia Health-Homestead in Deer River; Essentia Health-Northern Pines Care Center in Aurora; and Essentia Health-Virginia Care Center in Virginia.

We are committed to safeguarding the health and wellness of residents and preventing the spread of illness.

As this situation evolves, the latest information will be posted here on the Essentia Health website..

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