Avera moving to no visitor policy

ABERDEEN, S.D. (Press Release) – Across its footprint, Avera is closing its hospitals to visitors to protect patients and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Avera St. Luke’s Hospital will move to a no visitor policy effective Wednesday, March 25.

For end-of-life, births, and pediatric cases, limited visitors will be allowed. These will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Avera is encouraging virtual visitation at several of its hospitals. Family members are encouraged to connect with patients using phones, text, social media or video chat. The patient should have his or her own device.

“We understand that these restrictions will be difficult for patients, family members, friends and loved ones. Top priority is the protection of everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable. Similar to other hospitals across the nation, we are taking these necessary steps to protect our patients and staff. We ask for the cooperation and understanding of the public – we as a health system must act responsibly and do everything we can to minimize the spread of this virus,” said David Erickson, MD, Chief Medical and Innovation Officer for Avera Health.

In addition, Avera Medical Group clinics are asking patients not to bring guests to appointments except in certain cases such as when the patient is a minor.

To learn more go to Avera.org/COVID-19