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LRH and PRH Update Visitor Restrictions

Hospital news | Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Contact: Katie Johnson


[Fergus Falls, MN and Elbow Lake, MN] Due to increasing rates of people vaccinated for COVID-19 and continued low incidence of hospitalized patients, Lake Region Healthcare and Prairie Ridge Healthcare have made the following adjustments to visitation guidelines, effective May 19th, 2021 until further notice.

All Clinics, Lab, Radiology, Cancer Center and Occupations/Physical & Speech Therapies:

One visitor at a time is permitted per adult patient. Children are allowed 2 legal guardian/parent visitors.

Hospital/Inpatient Areas including Surgical Services and Emergency Room:

Two visitors at a time are permitted per patient.

Women’s & Children’s Health Center Patients

Two visitors permitted throughout the stay. Siblings of newborn or pediatric patients are also allowed.

Mill Street Residence

Visitors are welcome and are asked to call and schedule visits with the front desk (218-739-2900) giving at least 24 hours’ notice. Full details on their website at this link.

For all visitors:

  • All patients and visitors will be screened according to current guidelines before being allowed to enter our facilities. This includes temperature checks and a screening for signs & symptoms.
  • All patients, visitors and staff must wear a face mask at all times. We encourage you to bring your own mask, or we will provide one to you if needed.
  • We ask that there be no congregating in lobby or café areas.

Compassionate exceptions for end-of-life care and other case-by-case situations will be made in consultation with the clinical teams involved and allowed at their discretion.

About the Lake Region Healthcare Enterprise

The Lake Region Healthcare enterprise is comprised of Lake Region Healthcare, an independent community-governed non-profit headquartered in Fergus Falls, the Mill Street Residence Assisted Living Facility in Fergus Falls, and the non-profit critical access hospital, Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services headquartered in Elbow Lake. With over 100 medical staff and over 1,000 employees, we are dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of our communities with values of Excellence, Person-Centered, Collaboration, Stewardship, Integrity, Respect and Innovation. Together we bring specialty and sub-specialty services to patients at hospital locations in Fergus Falls and Elbow Lake and at clinics in Ashby, Barnesville, Battle Lake, Evansville, Herman, Hoffman, and Morris, MN. For more information visit:, or