Facilities in Essentia Health's East Market began further restricting visitors Tuesday because of an increase in COVID-19 patients.
The East Market includes all facilities in Northeastern Minnesota, east of Brainerd, and all facilities in Northwestern Wisconsin.
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Under the additional restrictions, adult in-patients and adults in the emergency department won't be allowed any visitors, though vulnerable adults, or people requiring someone to communicate to staff on their behalf, will be allowed one visitor, according to a news release from Essentia.
Pregnant patients will only be allowed to have their birth partner and certified doula present. Surgical patients will be allowed one visitor.
All pediatric patients will be permitted to have two caregivers present
Patients known or suspected to have COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors, with the exception of pediatric and pregnancy patients as well as those who require a support person, the release said.
Those nearing the end of their life will be allowed two visitors, limited to immediate family and significant others, at a time. These visitors can be rotated, while all other patients can't change who their visitor is throughout the day.
After rescinding its visitor restrictions in July, Essentia Health in Duluth brought them back in mid-September.