May 26, 2020

Around the nation: Sanford Health eases Covid-19 visitor restrictions

Daily Briefing

    The health system is now allowing one adult visitor per patient each day across all of its hospitals and clinics, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Missouri, and South Dakota.

    • California: Facebook, which has largely shifted to a remote workforce due to the U.S. coronavirus epidemic, on Friday announced that it will allow many of the company's employees to work from home permanently. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he expects that, within 10 years, up to half of the company's employees will work from home. Facebook also plans to begin adjusting employees' compensation based on the cost of living where workers are located, the New York Times reports (Conger, New York Times, 5/21).

    • Missouri: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Friday said a ballot initiative to allow state residents to vote on whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Supporters of the ballot initiative estimate an additional 230,000 adults would enroll in the state's Medicaid program if the expansion is approved by voters (Associated Press, 5/22).

    • South Dakota: Sanford Health on Thursday eased visitor restrictions that the health system had put in place to curb the new coronavirus' spread. The health system is now allowing one adult visitor per patient each day across all of its hospitals and clinics. Visitors are required to wear face masks and will be screened for the new coronavirus according to CDC guidelines before entering the facilities. The health system has not changed its visitor restrictions for patients with Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus (Associated Press, 5/21).
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