Essentia Health and St. Mary’s Hospital Limiting Visitors Amid Coronavirus Concerns

DULUTH, Minn. — Essentia Health is changing its policy for visitors amid the coronavirus outbreak reaching Minnesota.

Essentia will be restricting visitors to its facilities, including St. Mary’s Hospital, to keep patients and staff safe.

There are limited exceptions, and those who want to visit need to call Essentia and confirm if they are allowed in.

The healthcare provider is encouraging loved ones to reach out to patients by making calls, video chatting, and messaging.

The new policy begins at noon on Monday, and will continue indefinitely.

According to Essentia, these are the visitor situations that will be permitted:

For inpatients, visitors may be permitted depending on the “compassionate-care needs,” but should call Essentia before visiting.

For the emergency department, one visitor will be allowed per each pediatric patient, vulnerable adults, trauma patients, or other situations where a visitor such as a parent or guardian is needed to communicate health care needs on behalf of the patient.

Pediatric patients and labor and delivery patients are allowed to have one adult visitor each.

No visitors who are sick will be allowed in.

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