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Published on March 24, 2020

Avera Closes Hospitals to Visitors

Avera is closing its hospitals to visitors to protect patients and staff from the spread of COVID-19.

This takes effect Wednesday, March 25, at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, and on other dates this week at other Avera hospitals.

For end-of-life, births, NICU and pediatric cases, limited visitors will be allowed. Avera is setting up virtual visitation at several of its hospitals. Family members are encouraged to connect with patients using phones, text, social media or video chat.

“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

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