Ensuring patients are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is the highest priority at Perham Health. Therefore, Perham Health is implementing a new visitor policy in its hospital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This applies only to visitors to the inpatient hospital, surgery, and Family Birth Center and is effective 1 p.m. today, March 13.

Perham Health asks that only two immediate family members visit at a time, including parents, legal guardian, siblings, grandparents, spouse, or significant other.

“The new visitor policy follows guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to ensure the safety of our patients,” said Chuck Hofius, Perham Health CEO. “I want to assure everyone that there have been no incidences of COVID-19 in central Minnesota. We want to be proactive and have restrictions in place as a precaution. Operations in the clinic, therapy center, lab, imaging, and pharmacy are not impacted. Patients should continue with appointments as scheduled.”

Visitors will be screened for signs of respiratory illness, including fever and cough and will be asked about recent travel.

Hofius reminds everyone it is important that we all do our part to prevent illness from spreading in our communities by practicing good hand washing hygiene, routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and staying home if we are sick.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please call your regular clinic – do not come in person to the clinic in order to protect other patients and staff. When you call your clinic, healthcare professionals will determine if you need testing.

Perham Health will communicate when its regular visitor policy is reinstated.

The latest updates on COVID-19 are always available at cdc.gov.