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What you need to know about visiting a patient at Children’s Minnesota

Winter illness season is here, and on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, Children’s Minnesota is implementing our seasonal visiting standards, which we call level 1 visiting standards. We do this to protect our patients, families, visitors and staff from viral illnesses such as the flu and the common cold.

What you need to know before visiting our patients

Translations:  Spanish and Somali.

The basics

Young male patient with adult male visitor
  • Our visiting hours are from 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily, but legal guardians are welcome to visit at any time.
  • Children under age 5 are not allowed to visit at this time, even if they are the patient’s sibling.
  • No more than four visitors may visit at any one time —, this includes legal guardians, siblings and other visitors.
  • All visitors are expected to use hand hygiene, meaning use the provided hand sanitizer, before entering and while exiting any patient room.
  • Visitors must check in at the welcome desk every day to receive a new visitor ID badge.
  • To ensure all visitors, including legal guardians, are healthy, they must complete a wellness screening before getting a visitor ID badge.
  • In rare circumstances, exceptions to these standards may be possible. Legal guardians can discuss this with their child’s nurse or social worker.

What are wellness screenings?

Translations: Spanish and Somali.

Visitors must all complete a wellness screening before they will receive a visitor ID badge. During a wellness screening, welcome center staff will ask all visitors if they have any symptoms of a cold, including if they have a fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat.

  • If the answer to all of these questions is no, then the visitor will receive a green sticker on their ID badge, which means that they have passed the wellness screening and are permitted to visit inpatient units.
  • If the answer is yes to any of those questions, visitors will receive a red sticker for the badge. This means they may not visit any inpatient units, but are permitted to be in the public areas of the hospital if they wear a mask.
  • If a legal guardian of a patient answered yes to any of those questions, they will receive a yellow sticker on their visitor badge. This means that they are permitted to visit the patient, but must wear a mask at all times, including in public areas of the hospital.

If you have further questions about level 1 visiting standards, our welcome center staff and care teams will be happy to address them during your visit. You can also call the welcome center in Minneapolis 612-813-6000 or St. Paul at 651-220-6000 if you have questions prior to your visit. Thank you for putting our patients’ health first when visiting our hospitals.

Kaitlyn Kamleiter