Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Carris Health Updates Visitor Policy for Hospitals, Clinics & Specialty Centers

Published in News

Starting Thursday, January 28, updated visitor guidelines will take effect allowing one healthy adult visitor at all CentraCare and Carris Health sites and two adult visitors will be allowed for minor patients. This includes hospitals, clinics and specialty centers.

These new guidelines do not pertain to our long-term care facilities due to different regulations for vulnerable populations.

This update comes after strict visitor guidelines were implemented during the COVID-19 surge we experienced in the fall/early winter. As COVID-19 case numbers within CentraCare and Carris Health facilities remain manageable, we are cautiously optimistic these new guidelines will offer patients a balance of safety and family support while receiving care.

Visitors must be healthy and not have symptoms of COVID-19. We ask that any visitors to a CentraCare or Carris Health facility wear a mask that covers both their nose and mouth. Upon entering, all visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we implement these new changes. CentraCare is constantly reviewing our current visitor guidelines to ensure we are meeting patient and employee needs while keeping everyone safe.