Essentia Health updates visitor policy


Essentia Health’s visitor policy has been updated protect patients and staff from the transmission of COVID-19 while also keeping in mind the emotional well-being of our patients.

Beginning immediately, one visitor per patient per day will be allowed at Essentia Health facilities. Visitors are permitted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

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

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 Facility will undergo screening processes including a variety of questions and having your temperature taken. Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times inside the facility, frequently clean their hands, remain in the room of the patient they are visiting and practice social distancing.