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Altru Maintains Mask Requirements, Updates Visitor Restrictions

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Grand Forks, N.D. – In accordance with CDC recommendations for healthcare settings, Altru Health System will continue to require patients, visitors and staff to wear appropriate face coverings at all Altru facilities until further notice. Even where local mandates may have changed, Altru’s policy on face coverings will continue until it is determined safe to make any adjustments.

Altru has updated our visitor policies as of today, Wednesday March 17, to allow for two designated visitors in the following departments. Previously, one designated visitor was allowed:

Two Designated Visitors Allowed:

  • Emergency Department
  • Procedural Departments (visitor must safely distance and remain in waiting room)
  • General Inpatient Units
  • Clinic Appointments
  • Family Birthing

Visitor restrictions remain the same for the areas listed below:

No Visitors Allowed:

  • COVID-19 Positive Patients (including COVID-19 rule out patients)
  • Dialysis Units
  • Inpatient Behavioral Health

Two Designated Visitors, only 1 visitor at a time:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Critically ill patients

Two Visitors Allowed at a Time, No Designated Amount*

  • Patients receiving End of Life Care or Comfort Cares

*Visitors of end of life or comfort cares patients with Covid-19 must follow all protective measures laid out by staff

For updated information on Altru’s COVID-19 policies and safe practices, please visit

About Altru Health System

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. 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