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Essentia Health eases visitor restrictions

Two adult visitors to be allowed per patient


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

Two adult visitors per patient are allowed in clinic and hospital settings, including emergency departments. Some surgical and procedural spaces may have special instructions that will be communicated to patients before their procedure.

Visiting hours remain between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Adult patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are still unable to have visitors except in special situations such as obstetric care or end-of-life.

Visitor restrictions have been in place to protect patients and staff from the transmission of COVID-19. Essentia Health will update its policy as necessary - either because of an increase in new cases or a continued decrease in community spread.


Essentia Health continues to require all staff, patients and visitors to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose while in Essentia Health facilities and stay in the patient room during a visit. All approved visitors will be screened for COVID-19 and will not be permitted if symptomatic.

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