St. Luke's further limits visitors

St. Luke's further limits visitors

Updated: January 13, 2021 01:55 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 01:52 PM

St. Luke's announced Wednesday that they would be updating their visitor policy in response to the United Kingdom variant of COVID-19 arriving in the state of Minnesota.

"The COVID-19 vaccine is proving highly effective against the UK-variant of the virus. However, having an even more contagious version of COVID-19 has led St. Luke’s to take action," St. Luke's said in a statement. 

Under the new visitor policy, no visitors will be allowed at St. Luke’s Hospital. However, there are some exceptions for hospital visitors, including:

  • Pediatric patients will be allowed one parent/guardian
  • All other patients: rare exceptions may be made by the healthcare team on an express invitation-only basis (for example: patients at end-of-life, vulnerable adults needing help with communication or decision making, discharge instructions or education)
  • Labor and delivery patients will be allowed one adult support person. If the patient has a doula, the doula will also be allowed

Additionally, there are some exceptions for St. Luke's clinic or outpatient services, including:

  • Adult patients are allowed one visitor per appointment
  • Pediatric patients are allowed up to two parents/guardians per appointment

According to St. Luke's, the change will be effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.

More information about St. Luke's visitor policy can be found here.

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