Published on June 29, 2020

Essentia Health announces visitation policy changes for senior care communities in Fosston

Maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our senior care residents is our top priority. Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were put in place to protect our most vulnerable population. As we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic, Essentia Health has made some changes to our visitor policy in our senior care communities.

Essentia Health is following strict guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health as well as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to limit the potential transmission of COVID-19 in our facilities.

Effective immediately, Essentia Health Living Center and Prairie Pines Community are offering scheduled, supervised outdoor visits with residents. These visits are open to family members, friends and community clergy. The facilities have each determined a schedule for visiting hours. Please, do not arrive for an outdoor visit without an appointment.

At Essentia Health Living Center, outdoor visitation will be offered by appointment only between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitors should call Marilyn at 218-435-7650 or Renee at 218-435-7669 to schedule visits.

At Prairie Pines Community, outdoor visits will be offered by appointment only between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. seven days a week. Please call 218-435-1337 to schedule a visit.

When you arrive for your scheduled visit, you will go through a health screening with questions and a temperature check. Masks are required during the visit. All visits will require social distancing of six feet between the visitor and resident. Due to the risk of exposure, holding hands, hugging, kissing or other physical contact is NOT allowed.

If an outdoor visit is not an option for a resident, window visits may be arranged.

We are committed to safeguarding the health and wellness of residents and preventing the spread of illness. The visitation policy is being evaluated on a routine basis and subject to change at any time.

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