Published on May 27, 2021

Essentia Health eases visitor restrictions - May 27, 2021

As COVID-19 positivity rates decrease, vaccinations increase and fewer patients are hospitalized due to COVID-19, Essentia Health is moving to less restrictive visitation guidelines.

Beginning Thursday, May 27, two adult visitors per patient will be allowed in our clinic and hospital settings, including emergency departments. Visiting hours remain between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

For complete details of our updated visitor policy, visit our Visitor Guidelines page. Adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are still unable to have visitors except in special situations such as obstetric care or end-of-life.

Throughout this pandemic, we have continually re-evaluated our visitor restrictions. They are in place to protect our patients and staff from the transmission of COVID. We will update our policy as necessary — either because of an increase in new cases or a continued decrease in community spread.

It’s important also to note that we continue to require all staff, patients and visitors to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose while in our facilities and stay in the patient room during their visit. All approved visitors will be screened for COVID and will not be permitted if symptomatic.

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