- By Deb Balzer
Mayo Clinic in Rochester continues to ease visitor restrictions for hospitalized patients
The number of visitors allowed for patients in inpatient facilities at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. will change on Thursday, March 24. Safety measures such as masking and social distancing will remain in place.
The number of visitors per adult and pediatric inpatient will change to allow two visitors at a time, up to a maximum of five different visitors during a patient's hospital stay. Visitors must be at least 5 years old, and a responsible adult needs to accompany all visitors under age 16.
Some overnight restrictions will be eased, as well. At the discretion of the care team, adult patients may be granted two overnight visitors ages five and older. Pediatric and Family Birth Center restrictions will not change.
At times, the number of visitors in a patient's room may need to be limited out of medical necessity, as determined by the care team.
Essential safety measures for visitors
Safety remains Mayo Clinic's primary focus. To protect the safety of staff, patients and visitors, Mayo Clinic in Rochester will continue to:
- Require visitors to be masked at all times, even when alone with a loved one in a hospital room. Visitors also will be required to comply with social distancing guidelines.
- Provide education if a visitor is permitted for a patient who tested positive for COVID-19, including explaining to the visitor the risks of contracting COVID-19 and required personal protective equipment precautions.
Patient and visitor policies and updates: