Health Professional News, Mighty Blog

At Children’s Minnesota, we are taking additional precautions to prevent the spread of infections like COVID-19 (coronavirus) within our hospitals and clinics, and within our community. Children’s Minnesota is committed to caring for all children in the community, as well as to ensuring the safety and well-being of patients, families, staff and guests.

Effective Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, we are implementing additional restrictions in response to the COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus) pandemic for the everyone’s safety.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) visiting standards

Visiting standards – Inpatient stays

  • Inpatients who are not suspect or confirmed with COVID-19 may have two consistent parents/legal guardians at the bedside, if they pass the wellness screening and are not COVID-19 positive. No other visitors will be permitted, including siblings and grandparents.
  • Parents/legal guardians who do not have symptoms of illness but do have a COVID-19 test pending ARE allowed to visit.
  • Inpatients with COVID-19 are limited to one parent/legal guardian throughout hospitalization.
  • Compassionate exceptions may be possible, and must be arranged with the patient care manager of the unit.
  • Visiting adults should stay in the patient’s room as much as possible. Hospital staff can help connect you with resources for accessing meals and snacks.
  • The only people allowed in the hospital at this time are employees and two healthy approved adults per patient. This includes the public spaces of our hospital, for example, the cafeteria or hospital lobby.

Visiting standards – Primary and specialty clinics

  • All outpatient procedures and clinic visits should be limited to one parent/legal guardian accompanying the patient to the visit. This includes outpatient surgery, radiology, SPS and ambulatory clinics.
  • Compassionate exceptions may be possible and must be arranged with the clinic manager.

Visiting process and standards

  • Parent/legal guardian must wear a mask at all times while in the hospital (exceptions below).
  • Parent/legal guardian must be screened for symptoms of illness and have temperature taken daily.
  • Parent/legal guardian may remove mask when in the patient room, including to eat, only if Children’s Minnesota staff are not present in the room.
  • If parent/legal guardian stays overnight in patient room, mask may be removed while sleeping, with the curtain pulled as a physical barrier.
  • Parent/legal guardian should stay in the patient room as much as possible.
  • Visiting adults will be asked to leave the hospital if they do not follow these standards and wear their mask as directed.

For further protection, Children’s Minnesota will also suspend non-essential events and group gatherings.

For more information on coronavirus and how to protect your family, please visit our website, childrensMN.org/COVID19.