(from the Sanford Health website)
Ensuring patients are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our highest priority. Sanford Health is implementing a new visitor policy to protect the health and safety of our patients, families and staff in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The new policy follows guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and is intended to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in Sanford Health clinics and medical centers and the communities we serve.
Medical Centers, Hospitals and Clinics
New visitor policy, effective March 27, 2020:
- No visitors will be allowed in medical centers and hospitals with the following exceptions:
- For births, NICU and pediatrics, patients will be allowed one pre-determined visitor, per day
- For end of life care, visitors will be allowed at the discretion of the facility
- For end of life COVID-19 patients will be allowed one pre-determined visitor, per day. Visitors will need to be masked and self-quarantine for 14 days following visit.
- Patients are not allowed to bring guests to clinic appointments with the following exceptions:
- Children may have one parent or guardian with them during their appointment.
- Adults requiring assistance may have one guest with them during their appointment.
Long-Term Care Facilities
What this means in our skilled nursing and assisted living facilities:
- All locations are temporarily closed to all visitors until further notice to protect the health of our employees and residents who face the highest risk of illness.
- Friends and family are encouraged to communicate with loved ones remotely through phone calls, Facebook or video conferencing.