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Essentia Health eases visitor restrictions

Beginning Feb. 9, one adult visitor per patient per day will be allowed

InForum News Brief FSA

FARGO — Essentia Health will allow one adult visitor per patient per day in all clinics and hospitals as of Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The announcement comes amid a slowdown in the spread of COVID-19 throughout the region. The change does not affect long-term care facilities.

There are variances to this policy. For example:

  • In pediatric units, two caregivers are permitted per patient per day.
  • In neonatal intensive care units, two caregivers are permitted per day.
  • In emergency departments, two caregivers are permitted for pediatric patients.
  • In birthing centers, one adult visitor is permitted to visit. The birth partner is permitted at all times and is not considered a visitor. A certified doula will be allowed during labor.
  • People under the age of 18 may visit an immediate family member who is dying when they are escorted by an adult.

Visit https://www.essentiahealth.org/covid-19/hospital-clinic-visitor-guidelines/ for complete details of the updated visitor policy.

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