MANKATO, Minn. — To protect the safety of Mayo Clinic Health System patients and staff during this ever-changing situation with COVID-19, new visitor restrictions are being put into place for all of our facilities in southwest Minnesota, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Patients will be restricted to two visitors per person at hospitals and clinics. Visitors who are ill should not come to visit patients.

We encourage family members to consider other ways to connect with their loved ones via phones or other devices.

We understand that these restrictions will be difficult for patients and their loved ones. We are taking these necessary steps to protect our patients and our staff.

Here is other important information about receiving health care in the upcoming weeks:

What To Do
If you are showing any sign of possible COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your local health care provider. Your provider or a nurse will direct you to our dedicated COVID-19 Nurse Line. If you meet testing criteria, you will be directed to one of our local testing sites.

What NOT To Do

We’re committed to everyone’s safety. This virus spreads rapidly. Help us minimize potential exposure to other patients by not coming into a clinic or hospital to be tested. Please call your local provider first to find out how to be evaluated.

 

Patient Resources

Please visit our Mayo Clinic Health System COVID-19 online resource site for contact information and the most up-to-the-minute information about COVID-19 and what to do if you have symptoms, unrelated health care needs, or need to visit someone at the clinic or hospital. You can also view updates via Mayo Clinic Health System’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

 

As we address this new virus, remember to take steps to keep yourself healthy. Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, distance yourself from others, and practice appropriate self-care, including staying home when you are sick. We also recommend you have a personal care plan in place in the event you or a family member is directly impacted by the virus.

Our mission is to care for you and your family members. At Mayo Clinic Health System, the needs of our patients come first. We are committed to meet your needs throughout the current situation and beyond. Partner with us to stay safe, healthy and informed.