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Our top priority is the safety and well-being 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 and clinics. This is being done to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission to our patients and staff.
The decision to allow visitation is reassessed regularly and may change.
Cafeterias are closed to visitors at this time.
To keep our patients safe and visitors informed, we've implemented the following visitation statuses: Green, Yellow, and Red.
Learn about the visitation status and restrictions for your family member or loved by selecting a visit option below.
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One adult visitor is permitted ONLY for vulnerable adults, trauma or other patient requiring communication to a health care team on their behalf.
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Children are exempt from clinic visitor restrictions. It is recommended that children do not come to adult clinic appointments but we understand it's not always possible to arrange child care.
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Decisions related to end of life visitation concerns will be made by unit leadership and patient's primary physician.
People under the age of 18 may visit an immediate family member who is dying when they are escorted by an adult.
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Care Conferences: Should be done through virtual methods if possible. If visitors are needed, up to 2 visitors will be allowed during the time of the conference as set by the guidelines above.
Access to Faith Leaders: In Essentia facilities with Essentia-employed chaplains, chaplains are available for ritual, support, prayer and assisting with virtual and phone connections with family and patient’s clergy/religious leader(s). Essentia employed Chaplains are not subject to this visitor policy.
Patient’s pastor or religious leader can visit COVID-19 negative patients and patients not suspected of having COVID-19 so long as the visit is not disruptive to patient care. Community clergy and religious leaders may visit COVID-19 positive and suspect patients only at the End of Life or for Compassionate Care, and these visits should be scheduled in advance.
Special considerations for individuals may exist. Visitation for these exceptions will be agreed upon by the care team (e.g. Physician, Nurse Manager, Administrative Supervisor, Charge Nurse, Chaplain and Social worker.
Essentia has implemented universal masking in all of our facilities. Patients, visitors, and staff need to wear a mask at all times inside any of our facilities.
We ask that you please come with your own cloth mask. If you don't have your own, we will provide one.
Learn more important information from the CDC about face coverings.
All visitors need to enter the building through the designated entrance. Screeners will ask you several health-related questions and provide you with a sticker that must be worn while in the facility. Please do not visit a patient if you have any symptoms of illness or have been exposed to someone who is ill.
Please bring a mask with you when you visit our facility. You must wear your mask from the time you enter the building until you leave the building, including while you are in the patient’s room.
To protect patients and staff, we're limiting entry to Essentia Health clinics and hospitals on our downtown Duluth campus.
All patients, visitors, and staff will need to use designated entries, answer COVID-19 screening questions, and have their temperatures taken.
Duluth: Since April 9, patients have been using the following designated entries:
Duluth: Beginning July 10, visitors of patients at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center and Essentia Health-Duluth use the following designated entrance:St. Mary’s Medical Center (Duluth) Red Ramp Skywalk entrance: Park in the Red Ramp on East Fourth Street and take the skywalk entrance to visit patients at both Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center and Essentia Health-Duluth.
Duluth, MN: Beginning July 10, visitors of patients at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center and Essentia Health-Duluth use the following designated entrance:
See the designated entries on a map.
You will be asked to go directly to the patient’s room and to stay in the room the entire time that you visit. Visitors to procedural areas may be asked to wait in a designated waiting area. No sleeping in the patient’s room. Do not bring outside food or beverages on-site, and check with the nursing staff before eating or drinking.
Please wash your hands often. This is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. It also helps to stop the spread of illnesses. Soap and water are best for killing viruses on your hands. If soap and water is not nearby, please use the hand sanitizer located throughout the facility.
It is key to social distance yourself. Limit your contact with others, including your loved one and the healthcare team members by standing 6 feet away.
These visitor guidelines are reassessed every day and may change. We appreciate your understanding.
To help protect patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking families and friends to limit personal items or gifts brought to patients who are in the hospital.
We understand that personal items can bring comfort to patients and help them heal. We know flowers and gifts can brighten a day and remind patients that people are thinking of them and wishing them a speedy recovery. We encourage you to send floral arrangements and gifts to patients when they return home.
The safety of patients and staff is our top priority so we must take steps to prevent the spread of infection. That’s why we are strictly limiting visitors at our hospitals during the pandemic. We also must follow a strict protocol for receiving and delivering any necessary personal items to patients.
If you bring a personal item to a patient, please follow these steps: