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Essentia Health updates visitation policy

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd entrance
Essentia Health St Joseph's Medical Center shown here Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Essentia Health will implement new visitor hours at all of its facilities, effective immediately, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at hospitals and clinics.

One adult visitor at a time will be allowed per patient in all clinic, hospital and procedural patient care areas, including the emergency department. Chaplains and clergy will also be allowed to visit hospital patients.

The policy’s intention is to protect patients and staff from the transmission of COVID-19 while also keeping in mind the emotional well-being of patients and their loved ones, a news release stated.

Essentia Health’s visitor restrictions for patients that are positive for COVID-19 will remain the same. No visitors will be allowed for COVID-19 positive patients except in end-of-life situations. This continues to follow the health care provider’s precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

Visitors entering Essentia Health facilities must use designated entrances and will be screened for COVID-19. They will not be admitted if they are symptomatic. All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times. Visitors should bring their own masks, but one will be provided if necessary.


Full details of the visitation policy. including allowed exceptions, are available at Essentia Health’s website at essentiahealth.org .

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