Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.



Essentia Health updates visitors 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’s visitors policy was updated in an effort to protect patients and staff from the transmission of COVID-19 while also keeping in mind the emotional well-being of its patients, a news release stated.

Beginning immediately, one visitor per patient per day will be allowed at Essentia Health facilities. Visitors are permitted between the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The policy applies to all clinic appointments, inpatient and procedural patient care areas, including the emergency department, according to the release.

Adult COVID-19 patients will not be allowed visitors except in end-of-life situations. Some exceptions in the case of critically unstable patients, end-of-life situations and patients for whom a support person has been determined to be essential to the care and safety of the patient will apply.

All those who enter an Essentia Health facility will undergo screening processes including a variety of questions and having their temperature taken. Visitors will be required to wear a mask inside the facility, frequently clean their hands, remain in the room of the patient they are visiting and practice social distancing.


Learn more about Essentia Health’s visitors policy at EssentiaHealth.org .

As a public service, we’ve opened this article to everyone regardless of subscription status. If this coverage is important to you, please consider supporting local journalism by clicking on the subscribe button in the upper righthand corner of the homepage.

What To Read Next
Get Local