(Willmar MN-) An uptick in COVID-19 cases has led Carris Health to ban visitors in their facilities again. The following is a news release from Carris: " Due to the current surge in positive COVID-19 cases in our communities, CentraCare/Carris Health is once again implementing a no visitor policy at all its facilities. The restrictions will go into effect Wednesday, September 30.
Exceptions to the policy will be allowed for patients/visitors experiencing specific situations including:
End of life
Parent/legal guardian of a minor patient
Legal guardian of an adult with cognitive/developmental disabilities
High-risk procedures requiring in-person discussions about care and informed consent
During these situations, patients are limited to one healthy visitor per day during visitation hours. Some exceptions will apply for pediatric, critically unstable and end of life patients.
Upon entering a Carris Health or CentraCare facility, all visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Visitors are also required to wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth.
We appreciate the support from the community as we implement these changes. They are needed to keep patients and staff safe and to prevent the further spread of any illness."