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Altru Health System Requests Cloth Face Covering in Its Facilities

Altru Health System is asking all individuals to wear a cloth face-covering whenever entering an Altru facility including all patients and those accompanying them, visitors, vendors, and couriers.

The request is in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines which advise people to wear a cloth face-covering in public settings where social distancing measures are hard to maintain. The guidance is based on evidence that shows that many people with COVID-19 have no symptoms but can still transmit the virus to others.

It’s best that the covering be a simple cloth covering and not a surgical or N95 mask, as the CDC recommends those masks be reserved for healthcare workers.

About Altru Health System

Rated the number one hospital in North Dakota in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report, Altru Health System is now in its second century of serving the communities of northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Altru Health System is a physician-led, multispecialty group practice with an acute care hospital, Level II trauma center, specialty hospital, more than two dozen Grand Forks, and regional practice locations, and a large home care network. As the region’s largest private employer, Altru Health System employs more than 300 physicians and advanced practice providers and 3,800 staff. Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, extending Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to the patients we serve. For more information, visit

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