Due to increasing COVID-19 patient volumes, visitors are being restricted at Essentia Health facilities beginning Tuesday, Oct. 5.

To better protect patients and staff from potential COVID-19 exposure, according to officials, Essentia Health visitor restrictions include:

Adult patients

Inpatients:

  • No visitors allowed, with the following exception: One adult visitor is permitted for vulnerable adults or other patients requiring communication to the health care team on their behalf.

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Emergency department:

  • No visitors allowed, with the following exception: One adult visitor is permitted for vulnerable adults or other patients requiring communication to the health care team on their behalf.

Labor and delivery:

  • No visitors allowed.

  • Birth partner is permitted at all times.

  • A certified doula will be allowed during labor.

Surgical/procedural:

  • One adult visitor may accompany patient to pre- and post-procedural space. Visitors will wait in communal spaces; must be the same individual visiting for the day.

Pediatric patients

In pediatric units:

  • Two caregivers are permitted per patient per day; must be the same individuals for the day.

In neonatal intensive care units:

  • Two caregivers are permitted per day; must be the same individuals for the day.

Emergency departments:

  • Two caregivers are permitted for pediatric patients; must be the same individuals for the day.

Surgical/procedural area:

  • Two caregivers are permitted for pediatric surgical/procedural patients. Two caregivers may accompany patient to pre- and post-procedural space and then visitors will wait in communal spaces. Must be the same individuals for the day.

COVID-19 patients and suspected COVID-19 patients

Patients known or suspected to have COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors, with the following exceptions:

  • Pediatric patients.

  • Those for whom a support person has been determined to be essential to the care and safety of the patient.

  • OB patients.

  • Patients at the end of life. In end-of-life situations, the visit should be scheduled.

  • Visitors should remain in the room and should always wear a mask and eye protection.

Patients at end of life

  • Two adult visitors are permitted at a time; limited to immediate family and significant others.

  • Visitors can be rotated and will be required to wait in communal spaces.

  • Decisions related to end-of-life visitation concerns will be made by unit leadership and the patient’s primary physician.

  • No visitors under the age of 18 unless visiting an immediate family member who is dying. These visitors must be escorted by an adult.