Published on March 13, 2020

Essentia Health limits visitors at senior care communities throughout the health system

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.

Essentia Health is following guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to limit the potential transmission of COVID-19 in our facilities. We are postponing gatherings and events, screening anyone entering our facilities and limiting access to our facilities.

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 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Everyone entering the building will undergo screening at the designated building entrance.

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

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

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