Updated: October 27, 2020 06:18 PM
Created: October 27, 2020 06:04 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Mayo Clinic Health Systems Southeast Minnesota Region will implement a no-visitor policy at all inpatient and outpatient facilities.
It will go in effect starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday and MCHS says it is in response to increasing community spread of COVID-19.
This includes hospitals and clinics at all Mayo Clinic Health System locations in the region. It does not include Rochester hospitals or clinics.
"Our test positivity rates continue to increase in southern Minnesota, which indicates there is more community spread of the virus," says Deepi Goyal, M.D., regional chair of clinical practice, Southeast Minnesota Region, Mayo Clinic Health System.
"We know these restrictions can be difficult for some patients and their families, but we believe it is necessary to take these steps to protect our patients and our staff."
Exceptions to this policy for inpatient care include one visitor for pediatric, end-of-life patients, as well as for the birth of a child.
One visitor will be allowed for outpatient care if the patient requires physical or cognitive assistance, or is a minor. All patients, visitors and staff must wear a mask.
This policy will remain in place until further notice.
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