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Enhanced COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions at Fairview Range

November 18, 2020

To protect our patients from the flu and other common illnesses, Fairview Range enforces visitor restrictions year-round. Due to the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota, we have taken additional steps to ensure the health of our patients, including the implementation of enhanced visitor restrictions at Fairview Range.

Hospital and Clinic Visitor Restrictions

Visitors are not allowed at Fairview Range Medical Center and Fairview Mesaba Clinics. In special circumstances, some exceptions are allowed. See additional guidelines below.

We understand these measures may be difficult for our patients and families. Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of the people under our care. Patients are encouraged to work with their care team to find other ways to connect with loved ones.

  • Visitors are not allowed for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or symptomatic patients suspected of having COVID-19. Exceptions may be made for end-of-life care, pediatric, and obstetric patients.
  • People who are sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to visit patients.
  • No visitors under age 18 are allowed.
  • Patients with disabilities may have a designated support person and service animal accompany the patient. Family members, service providers or other people with knowledge about the needs of the person with a disability may serve as the designated support person.

Adult Patients:

  • No visitors are allowed.
  • One or two visitors may attend a patient discharge meeting for hands-on training.

Labor, Delivery, and Post-Partum Patients:

  • One support person, age 18 or older, is allowed. It must be the same person for the patient’s entire stay.

Children under 18:

  • One visitor is allowed for hospital visits, emergency department visits, and surgeries or procedures. It must be the same person for the patient’s entire stay.
  • One visitor is allowed at clinic appointments and radiology.

Behavioral Health:

  • No visitors allowed.

End-of-Life Care:

  • Two visitors are allowed at a time when a patient is dying.
  • No more than six visitors total can come each day.

Masking, Screening, and Safety
If you are approved for a visit, please follow these guidelines.

Masks are required for all patients and visitors to our facilities, with exceptions for children under age 2, those with health conditions who cannot wear masks, and those needing emergency care. This is to protect you and other patients and staff. You will need to reschedule your visit if you are not wearing a mask, unless it is an emergency. If you are unable to wear a mask and do not need emergency care, we suggest arranging for virtual care through Fairview MyChart or Oncare.org. 

All visitors to our hospital and clinics will be screened for symptoms and COVID-19 risk at each visit. You cannot visit if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, or diarrhea.

Clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you arrive and leave. Stay at least six feet away from others during your visit, and please go directly to and from the room you are visiting. Stay in the patient’s room during your visit. You may be asked to step out briefly for patient procedures.

Leave bags, jackets, or belongings at home or in the care.

Connecting with Loved Ones 
We understand that not being able to visit loved ones is difficult. We encourage patients to work with their care team on alternative methods to connect and give and receive support. 


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