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Essentia Health staff are doing everything we can to keep residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities safe. We recognize how important family members and other loved ones are to the well-being of our residents. Our goal is to always allow every resident the opportunity to have visitors, but to do so safely, in accordance with the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and control. These guidelines are set by the Centers for Medicare Services, Centers for Disease Control, and the Minnesota Department of Health. Upon arrival to the facility, you may receive verbal or written instructions regarding these important safety guidelines.
Learn the do's and don'ts of wearing your mask.
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(DESCRIPTION)The Essentia Health logo appears, consisting of three leaves in a circle.
(SPEECH)SPEAKER 1: At Essentia Health. You can do your part to protect yourself, your health care providers and other patients by washing your hands, practicing social distancing, and wearing your mask properly.
(DESCRIPTION)Tips for Wearing a Mask
(SPEECH)When putting your mask on be sure to use the mask ties or ear straps to put it on and take it off. Find the type of mask that works for you. Make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth as well as fits close under your chin. Encourage others to wear a mask. And wash the mask each time you use it. When wearing your mask do not-- wear a dirty or damaged mask, wear the mask below your nose, leave your chin uncovered, pull the mask down under your chin, touch the front of the mask, share your mask with other people, or wear a surgical or N95 mask unless you have to wear one at work.
(DESCRIPTION)Who should not wear a mask?
(SPEECH)Note, people who do not need to wear a mask include children under the age of two or anyone needing help to remove their mask.
(SPEECH)Please keep your mask on the entire time you're at Essentia Health. Do not take it off in the exam room unless told otherwise by your provider.
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(SPEECH)With your help, we can keep you and your provider safe. Thank you.
Generally speaking, no, there is not a limit to the number of visitors. However, visitors must stay within the resident’s room or apartment and space should allow for appropriate social distancing between the resident and visitors.
Essentia Health requires all visitors to wear a mask while in the facility and social distance from the resident, other residents, and healthcare personnel.
However, If the county COVID-19 transmission rate is low or moderate, fully vaccinated residents who are not immunocompromised may choose to allow their visitors to remove their face covering and have physical contact with them if the visitor is also fully vaccinated. The individual screening the visitor will provide direction to visitors if there is an opportunity to remove the mask during the visit.
Yes, after being approved through the screener, children can participate in indoor visits are able to wear a mask and socially distance and are under the supervision of an adult if under the age of 12. Unfortunately, if the county transmission rate is substantial or high, masks are required and as such, children under age 2 may not visit indoors. Please inquire about options for outdoor visits.
Residents on transmission-based precautions (TBP) or quarantine, while not recommended, can still receive visitors in his/her room. The resident should wear a well-fitting facemask (if tolerated). Visitors should be made aware of the risks of visitation, core principles of infection prevention.
Visitors must still be allowed into the facility, but they must be made aware of the potential risk of visiting and adhere to core principles of infection prevention. Visitation during an outbreak should include wearing face coverings/masks, regardless of vaccination status, and visits should ideally occur in the resident’s room.
Please contact the facility to disclose this information, so that we may take all required action.
Yes; however, if the resident is on isolation or quarantined for COVID-19, it is recommended that the resident only leaves for necessary medical care. All persons in the group outing should follow the recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Residents who leave the nursing home or assisted living-type facility for 24 hours or longer should generally be managed as described in the CDC’s guidance for New Admission and Readmission