Allina Health has moved its visitor status to RED, no visitors allowed.
According to Allina’s statement on Wednesday, the safety of patients, visitors and employees continue to be the top priority. As safety guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention continue to evolve around the coronavirus (COVID-19), so do the policies at Allina Health facilities.
There are the limited exceptions for visitors while in RED status. The information is on the visitor guidelines web page.
If a visitor qualifies for a visitor exception, these guidelines must be followed:
• Visitors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and must pass the screening to visit a patient. Visitors who leave the building must show their screening sticker or be re-screened to re-enter.
• Visitors must wear a mask, visitor badge and screening sticker at all times during the visit.
• Visitors must have good hand hygiene and practice physical distancing during the visit. Hand sanitizer is located at all building entrances and on patient care units.
• If the waiting room is full, visitors may be asked to wait outside the building.
• Visitors should visit only the patient’s room and avoid other areas. Visitors may be asked to step out of the room during an exam or treatment.
• Visitors under the age of 18 will not be allowed, unless a compassionate exception has been granted.
• Compassionate care exceptions may be considered.
“We understand that it is difficult when a loved one is hospitalized and you are not able to visit them in person. Our patient video calling software, Care to Connect, allows you to remotely connect,” according to the statement.