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Essentia Health recognizes that family involvement is an essential component of total patient care and encourages visits of family and friends. However, since many patients, particularly those in the specialty units, are highly susceptible to certain communicable disease, and because their exposure to such disease may have serious consequences, visitation guidelines are to be followed.
Everyone who enters an Essentia Health facility must be masked at all times. Essentia Health continues to follow the Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidelines, which requires masking in health care 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.
Patients and visitors will be screened for COVID-19 upon entry.
Patients and visitors may not bring outside food and beverages into Essentia Health facilities.
Some departments/units may need to limit visitors at this time due to space limitations.
Adults and children may visit patients with the exceptions listed below. Instructions in handwashing and other recommended precautions, based on the patient's diagnosis, will be provided by the nursing staff.