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Essentia Health changes, adds new visitor restrictions for most locations

DULUTH, MN– Essentia Health Hospital has made changes to its visitor policy again.

They told us, due to COVID numbers rising, visitors will be restricted at Essentia Health facilities in the East Market.

Those locations include northwestern Wisconsin and northeastern Minnesota, west to Brainerd. See the full list below.

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.
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 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.

These restrictions apply to:
Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Superior
Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center
Essentia Health-Duluth
Essentia Health-Deer River
Essentia Health-Moose Lake
Essentia Health-Northern Pines (Aurora)
Essentia Health-Sandstone
Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center
Essentia Health-Virginia
Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital

The new policy takes effect Tuesday, Oct. 5.

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