Critical Patient Updates

Stay updated on changes we’re making throughout our organization during this pandemic.

Learn about closures, visitor restrictions, and changes that may impact you as a patient.

Appointments & Scheduling

Essentia Health is postponing elective surgeries and routine clinic appointments for the next 30 days, beginning March 17. The decision was made to protect the safety of our patients and our staff. Elective surgeries and procedures scheduled between March 18 and April 18 will be delayed – unless there is the potential that it will affect the short-term or long-term outcome of the patient's condition.

Routine clinic appointments are being rescheduled unless a physician or advance practice provider sees a need for an office visit. Patients will be called or receive a message through Essentia MyHealth to reschedule their appointments. Patients may be offered a telephone visit, an E-visit or an online video visit through MyHealth. If these options don’t work, office appointments are expected to be rescheduled.

We will re-evaluate on a daily basis whether to extend the period of time that procedures and appointments are postponed.

Facility Updates & Closures

Facilities Closed to In-Person Visits

For everyone's safety, we're only offering remote care options. Get care by starting an E-visit or by calling the clinic number below to schedule a virtual visit.

Facility Name Facility City Phone
Essentia Health-Babbitt Clinic Babbitt, MN 218-827-2176
Essentia Health-Chisholm Clinic Chisholm, MN 218-254-3391
Essentia Health-Medical Equipment & Supplies (Duluth) Duluth, MN 218-722-3420
Essentia Health-Medical Equipment & Supplies (Fargo) Fargo, ND 701-364-6240
Essentia Health-Medical Equipment & Supplies (Virginia) Virginia, MN 218-741-0001
Essentia Health-Proctor Clinic Proctor, MN 218-576-0200
Essentia Health-Remer Clinic Remer, MN 218-566-1441

Check back frequently for the latest information.


Visitor Restrictions

Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our patients, staff and the communities we are privileged to serve. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Essentia Health has made the difficult decision to restrict visitors at our hospitals. This is being done to protect patients and staff and prevent the spread of this virus.

No visitors are allowed, except in the following circumstances:

  • Inpatients: Visitors only will be allowed based on compassionate-care needs. Family members are advised to call the hospital/unit before coming.
  • Emergency department: One visitor for pediatric, vulnerable adult, trauma or other patient requiring communication to a health care team on their behalf.
  • Pediatric patients: Two adult visitors will be allowed per patient.
  • Labor and delivery patients: One adult visitor will be allowed per patient.
  • Neonatal intensive care unit: Two parents are permitted to visit at a time.

All other visitors will be asked to leave the hospital. Additionally, no visitors who are ill will be allowed.

We encourage family and friends to use alternative methods of communication with patients, such as phone calls, Facetime, Skype or other digital channels.

We recognize this change will be difficult, but we believe it is necessary to protect our patients and staff from spreading illness.

This policy goes into effect at noon Monday, March 16, and will continue indefinitely. We appreciate the understanding of everyone affected.