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Published on November 20, 2020
With the significant growth of COVID-19 cases in our communities, Essentia Health in Fargo will restrict visitors of hospitalized patients beginning Monday, November 23. Like other health care systems, we are taking this step to keep our patients and staff safe during a time of high community prevalence. Visitors will not be allowed in our hospital except in special circumstances and at the discretion of our care teams.
Hospitalized patients with COVID or suspected of having COVID will not be allowed visitors except for pediatric patients, patients for whom a support person has been deemed essential, obstetric patients and patients receiving end-of-life care.
For non-COVID patients, visitors will be allowed under the following circumstances:
Essentia-employed chaplains are not subject to this visitor policy. At facilities with Essentia-employed chaplains, they are available for ritual, support, prayer and assisting with virtual and phone connections with family and a patient’s clergy or religious leader. A patient’s pastor or religious leader can visit non-COVID patients as long as the visit is not disruptive to patient care. Community clergy and religious leaders may visit patients with COVID only at end-of-life or for compassionate care and these visits should be scheduled in advance.
Special considerations for individuals and other exceptions may exist. These exceptions will be agreed upon by a patient’s care team.All visitors are required to remain in the patient’s room and are expected to wear a mask and eye protection at all times. Anyone who is sick or showing symptoms of COVID won’t be allowed to visit patients.
In addition, Essentia Health will no longer allow visitors in the hospital cafeteria. Those hospital visitors who are allowed to visit under the policy exceptions will be able to order trays of food to the hospital room.
At this time, visitors are still allowed in the clinic setting. We ask that patients limit bringing another person with them to appointments as much as possible and limit this to those who require assistance for their visit.
These restrictions were made in accordance with our infectious-disease specialists, infection-prevention experts, nursing and physician leaders and our emergency-preparedness teams. They are necessary with record numbers of COVID infections and hospitalizations across our region.
We realize the additional restrictions will present an emotional hardship, and Essentia Health will continue to use and support other means for connecting our patients with their loved ones, including technology.
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