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LRH Announces Change to Mask Policy

Hospital news | Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Contact: Katie Johnson

[Fergus Falls, MN] Lake Region Healthcare and Prairie Ridge Healthcare have changed their masking policy as of June 1st. Masks are now optional for visitors and patients as long as they do not have a fever, respiratory symptoms such as a cough, or had a high-risk exposure to someone with COVID-19. The Cancer Center is an exception to this policy change as masks will continue to be required for staff, visitors, and patients at that location.

The policy change follows several months of low numbers for COVID hospitalizations and cases, strong availability of vaccine supply, and generally lesser severity of illness.

People will be screened at check-in. Anyone with symptoms or a positive diagnosis or high-risk exposure will be required to wear a mask.

Healthcare workers will continue to wear masks when caring for patients or providing any treatments.

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