Essentia Health in Duluth will return to limiting visitors to two each per patient starting Thursday due to the increasing transmission of COVID-19 and its strain on the health system's resources.

Visitation is limited to the same two people each day, though anyone else determined to be essential to the patient's care will also be allowed to visit, according to a news release from Essentia.

Patients with COVID-19 or who are suspected to have COVID-19 are not allowed any visitors unless they are a pediatric, obstetric patient or near the end of life. All visitors are asked to wear masks and remain in the patient's room.

"At this time, these restrictions only apply to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center and Essentia Health-Duluth, the two hospitals on our downtown Duluth campus," the release said. "Other facilities may have their own restrictions in place."

The last time Essentia had visitor restrictions in place was in early July.

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St. Louis County logged 94 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, putting the seven-day average of new cases at about 62 new cases a day.