Visitor Restrictions and Appointment Information
All Sanford Health locations require patients to wear a mask if they are unvaccinated, showing signs of illness or have COVID-19 and are in days 0 through 10 of their infection. Surgical masks are strongly recommended. We encourage you to bring your own face mask, but we will provide a mask if you don’t have one. If you are ill, please consider not visiting at this time for the health and well-being of all patients and staff.
Specific visitation requests may be accommodated at the discretion of the department director. Please call if you have a request that should be considered. Some facilities may have different restrictions. Please call ahead at the location you’re visiting to learn about their policies.
- Visiting hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
- Visitation may be limited during the day or overnight.
- One visitor may spend the night as an emotional support person.
- Having more visitors is at the discretion of department directors.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) visits no longer have COVID-19 specific restrictions. We encourage visitors to call ahead.
- Children ages 10 and under are not currently allowed to visit the NICU at the Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck. This is due to an increase in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the community.
- All minor visitors must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
For COVID-19 patients in isolation:
- Patients are allowed two visitors per day.
- Visitors must continue to mask at all times.
- Unvaccinated visitors should quarantine for five days after their visit, followed by strict mask use for another five days.
- Fully vaccinated visitors should wear a mask for 10 days after their visit.
Clinic Visits and Outpatient Appointments
- Each patient is allowed up to two visitors.
- One visitor may be a minor if they are accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 18.
- Pediatric and neonatal patient visitors can be an adult or minor and can include parents, guardians and other support persons.
Long-Term Care Facilities
To protect long-term care residents, we implemented visitor restrictions early on in the COVID-19 pandemic. While safety remains our top priority, we can now allow in-person visits because of the precautions we’re taking. Please note, visitation in long-term care may vary according to guidelines from state and local departments of health.
These policies are in place at all of our locations:
- Before each visit, all guests are screened for symptoms and potential exposure to COVID-19.
- Visitors are required to wash or sanitize their hands before their visit.
- Visits take place in designated visitation areas. When circumstances allow, our first option is to hold visits outside.
- Visitors are asked to maintain a distance of at least six feet from their loved one, staff and other residents.
- Each location determines the number of visitors allowed per resident per day, as well as the total number of visitors allowed at the location at one time.
To schedule a visit or learn more about safe visit guidelines, please contact the location directly.
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