St. Luke’s Updates Visitor Policy Due to Rising Positive COVID Rates


DULUTH, Minn. – St. Luke’s updated its visitor policy citing the increase in COVID-19 cases in the community and the increase in test positivity rates.

The policy changes took effect on Saturday.

Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 will not be allowed to visit until the patient is no longer contagious.

Exceptions include an adult support person during labor and delivery, two parents or guardians are allowed for pediatric patients and up to two visitors at a time, limited to four per day, for patients at the end of life.

For patients without COVID, the following rules still apply, according to the St. Luke website:

  • Adult, including Hospice: One adult visitor per day, 6 am to 8:30 pm Once the visitor leaves campus, they cannot return that day.
  • 8 West / Inpatient Rehab: One adult visitor per day, Monday to Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Once the visitor leaves campus, they cannot return that day.
  • Emergency Department: An adult visitor.
  • Labor and Delivery: An adult support person, who cannot be suspected or confirmed positive for COVID-19. If the patient has a doula, the doula will also be cleared if it is not suspected or confirmed positive for COVID-19.
  • Pediatrics: Up to two parents / guardians.
  • Critically unstable: up to two visitors per day. Once visitors leave campus, they cannot return that day.
  • Surgical and Procedural Care (Building A, Mariner Medical Clinic, Pavilion Surgical Center): one adult visitor per day, 5:30 am to 8:30 pm Once the visitor leaves campus, they cannot return that day. the.
  • End of life: Up to two visitors at a time, maximum four per day. Once visitors leave campus, they cannot return that day, but up to two additional people can enter the hospital and visit the patient. The patient cannot receive more than four visitors per day.

Requirements for all visitors:

  • Do not wait for a COVID-19 test result or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Not having been asked to quarantine due to potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Not having had close contact with a person who tested positive in the past 14 days, unless the visitor is fully vaccinated.
  • Not having symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Agree to properly wear a medical grade mask (provided by St. Luke’s) over nose and mouth throughout the visit
  • Stay with the patient throughout their visit.
  • Agree to leave immediately if they do not follow these rules.

For more information on St. Luke’s Visitor Policy, click here.


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