Sanford Health updates visitor policy

Sanford Health has changed the visitor restriction policy as of yesterday.

According to a release, one adult visitor is allowed with each patient at hospitals and clinic across the Sanford network.

Visitation is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the hospitals, all visitors will be screened and will be expected to wear a surgical or cloth mask at all times.

“We’ve taken a strong stand against COVID-19 to keep our patients and employees safe during this pandemic,” said Allison Suttle, M.D., chief medical officer of Sanford Health.

“Because we’ve done that, including masking employees in hospitals and clinics, we can now have each patient have a friend or family member by their side in their times of need.”

The visitor policy change does not apply to COVID-19 specific units.

Sanford reminds visitors that if they are sick to not accompany another patient.

Those with COVID-19 symptoms should call their regular health care provider prior to coming into any clinic or hospital.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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