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New COVID-19 visiting standards at Children’s Minnesota

Last updated: May 14, 2020.

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 Tuesday, March 26, 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

  • Well legal guardians are welcome at all times and are not considered visitors.
  • Two consistent well legal guardians may be at the bedside during a patient stay. If there is only one legal guardian, they may designate one consistent adult to fulfill this role during the patient stay. No other visitors will be permitted, including siblings and grandparents.
  • 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 process and standards

  • Visiting adults must be well to visit and will be screened for wellness by hospital staff every day. Visiting adults will receive and wear a badge with a green sticker to show that they have passed the wellness screening.
  • In addition, we ask that all adults screen themselves at home before visiting. Please do not come to the hospital if you have any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever over 100 degrees.
    • Body aches.
    • Cold symptoms including cough, runny nose or sore throat.
    • Diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Visiting adults without a badge may not enter patient care areas.
  • All visiting adults are expected to do hand hygiene at the point of wellness screening and before entering the patient room.
  • Visiting adults must wear a mask while in the hospital or while vising their child.
  • Staff will be seen wearing masks for their protection and for the safety of the patient.
  • 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.