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Latest guidelines as of 3/24/22

General guidelines for all visitors or support persons

Visiting hours in hospitals are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. See support person section for exceptions.

Age restrictions

Children ages 5-17 must be from the same household as the patient in order to visit and be accompanied by an adult that is not the patient, with the following exceptions:

  • Minor parents of a child who is a patient are permitted to accompany the patient.
  • Exceptions may be considered in the outpatient clinic setting if no adult caregiver is available to supervise a patient who is a minor child.
  • Visitors under age 5 will only be allowed under a Compassionate Care Exception (see below).
  • Exceptions may be considered for antepartum patients.
  • Must adhere to hospital visiting hours including no overnight stays

Screening

  • All visitors and support persons will be screened for symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Visitors or support persons who do not pass the screening will not be allowed to visit or accompany a patient in the clinic and hospital settings.
  • Visitors must wear a visitor badge and symptoms screening sticker at all times while in the facility. If visitors go outside of the building, for any reason or length of time, they must present their screening sticker or be re-screened upon re-entrance.

Masks

  • Visitors and support persons must follow all visitor protocols while in the facility. If the visitor refuses to comply, they shall be asked to leave. This includes all of the following:
    • Visitors must wear a mask at all times, in all facilities, including while in the patient room. Facility staff will provide a mask if the visitor or support person does not have one.
      • Allina Health strongly recommends that patients and visitors wear a medical mask, droplet mask or respirator.
    • May be directed to wear additional personal protective equipment.

Physical Distancing

  • Visitors must maintain physical distancing requirements (six feet apart and 50% capacity for waiting rooms) between staff, visitors and patients while in the facility and must limit the time spent outside of the patient room.
  • If there are capacity issues in the waiting area, visitors may be asked to wait outside the facility.

Patient care

  • Visitors may be asked to step out of the room during an exam or treatment.
  • Visitors must use hand hygiene frequently, and upon request by staff.
  • Staff will provide instruction, before visitors enter patients’ rooms, on hand hygiene, limiting surfaces touched, and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) according to current facility policy.
  • Any time a visitor cannot be present with the patient consistent with these guidelines, staff will offer other options such as virtual visits for the family.

Support person specific

For patients with an impairment or disability, an adult support person may need to be present to participate in discussions and make decisions related to the patient’s treatment. This may be a guardian appointed for them or a family member acting on their behalf. The treating provider will make a reasonable accommodation based on the condition and needs of the individual patient.

  • The hours a support person is present may be extended outside of standard visiting hours in order to meet patient needs.

These are the specific guidelines for visitors in different settings:

Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Adult patients: Open to visitors. Social distancing is required. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. See above for General Guidelines that apply in all care settings.
  • Pediatric patients: Two parents/guardians will be allowed per patient. Parents or legal guardians may stay overnight according to usual policy.
  • Adult patients: One visitor is allowed before a patient’s surgery and can return after the surgery. The visitor can wait in the waiting room or the patient’s room (if available).
    • If the waiting room is full, visitors may be asked to wait outside the building.
  • Pediatric patients: Two parents or legal guardians may visit before and after surgery. Visitors can wait in the waiting room or the patient’s room (if available).
  • Adult patients: One visitor for each patient is allowed.
  • Pediatric patients: Two parents or legal guardians will be allowed per patient.
  • Two support people are allowed per patient. This includes triage, labor and delivery.
    • Ante-partum and post-partum areas can include up to two minors ages 5-17 from the same household as the parents, in addition to the three support people. (Minors visiting hours are 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., no overnight stays.) No children under age 5 may visit without special permission. Check with your hospital to learn more.
  • In addition to three support people, trained doulas will be permitted for support in ante-partum, during labor and delivery and post-partum units.
  • Newborns: Two legal parents or primary caretakers may visit.
  • Labor and delivery patients who test positive for COVID-19 are allowed only one support person and no doulas.

Also see The Mother Baby Center visiting guidelines and frequently asked questions.

No visitors are allowed for patients receiving mental health care. The following are the exceptions to this guideline as conditions allow:

Patients may have one clergy or community clergy member visitor in addition to other visitors listed in these exceptions.

  • One visitor per patient is allowed on the unit to assist with discharge preparation.
  • The patient care manager will be allowed to make determinations regarding when and which caregiver may be present for this purpose.
  • If a family member or support person is unable to be physically present, virtual options should be considered.

Visitors/companions are allowed, including parents/guardians and support persons. However, since social distancing and masks are still required, we encourage any patients who are able to attend their appointment on their own to do so.

  • Visitors are not allowed, except in the following circumstances:
    • Compassionate care exceptions (see compassionate care exceptions accordion below)
    • Patients who require assistance due to underlying impairment or disability
    • Patients under the age of 18
    • Laboring mothers
      • One support person is allowed per maternal patient stay. This includes triage, labor, delivery and post-partum areas.
      • Ante-partum patients may have one visitor. This visitor must stay in the room the entire time and may not come and go from the hospital.
    • When infection prevention clearance criteria have been met
  • Additional protocols as requested by staff must be followed.

Compassionate care exceptions may be used for patients who:

  • are actively dying
  • have a sudden decline in medical condition
  • are having surgery

Case-by-case exceptions are made with the clinical team, patient care manager, house supervisor or all. Consideration may be given to patients who have extended length of stays.

masks required

Masks required

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of all of our patients, visitors and health care workers; we do still require masks be worn at all our locations, regardless of vaccination status.

To learn more about about infection control within health care settings, visit the CDC's Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel page.

You can also learn more about the CDC recommendations for fully-vaccinated individuals and health care environment exceptions.

For family and friends

Here are some additional options for staying connected with a family member or friend when they are in the hospital:

remotely visiting a family member in hospital on your laptop

Allina Health’s patient video conferencing service, Care to Connect, allows you to connect remotely with your family member or friend via video if they don’t have or are unable to use their own internet-enabled device.