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Essentia Health relaxes visitor restrictions

Starting today, July 6, most restrictions have been lifted.

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As the prevalence of COVID-19 declines across the region, Essentia Health is returning to pre-pandemic patient visitation in its hospitals and clinics.

Like many health systems, Essentia responded to the public health crisis in spring 2020 by limiting visitors to its facilities to protect patients, staff and communities. As COVID ebbed and flowed, policies adjusted accordingly. This past May, Essentia relaxed its restrictions by allowing two adult visitors per patient across all clinic and hospital settings.

Starting today, July 6, those restrictions have been lifted.

The decision was made after evaluating several criteria, including the number of new COVID cases locally and the percent of hospitalized patients. Changes are based on the availability of space in each unit; thus, visitors may still be limited in certain units.


Similarly, some restrictions remain in place at Essentia's long-term-care facilities. Contact facilities individually for the most up-to-date information.

Visitor restrictions remain in place for COVID-positive patients and patients suspected of having COVID.

Essentia will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state departments of health. Masks are required among everyone within Essentia's facilities and all patients and visitors will continue to be screened for symptoms of COVID. Additionally, no outside food or beverages will be allowed.

Click here for more information about Essentia's visitor policy.

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