Today, March 17, 2020, Perham Health implemented visitor restrictions in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only persons with an appointment in the clinic, therapy center, imaging, lab, and surgery, or needing to pick up medication from the pharmacy, are allowed to enter. Pharmacy customers are highly encouraged to use the drive-thru option.

All who enter Perham Health will be screened for the virus. Additionally, to protect its patients and staff, visiting hours in the hospital and Family Birth Center have been restricted to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

“We continue to closely follow recommendations coming from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), the Minnesota Department of Health, and Sanford,” said Chuck Hofius, Perham Health CEO. “Even though we have not had a COVID-19 case in Perham or even our region, our number one priority is ensuring the safety of our patients and staff, so have decided to implement the visitor restrictions as well as establishing visiting hours.”

As people enter Perham Health, they will be asked the purpose of their visit and a few questions about COVID-19 symptoms – such as a cough and difficulty breathing – and exposure to anyone with COVID-19. Everyone’s temperature will be taken as well.

Patients in the hospital and Family Birth Center may designate one support person who will be able to visit during the established visiting hours.