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Southeast Health announces visitation policy change

Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 2:19 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Due to a dramatic increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our community during the last week, Southeast Health is adjusting our visitation policy beginning Monday, January 4, 2021.

General visitation to non-COVID-19 patients from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be suspended until further notice.  Only essential, designated caregivers to support non-COVID-19 patients will be allowed in hospital. Southeast Health will continue to prohibit visitation to COVID-19 positive patients.

The only exceptions to the policy are “end of life” situations, minor patients and those who are unable to make healthcare decisions on their own. These exceptions will be determined on a case by case basis by the patient’s care team.

Thank you for understanding these changes to our visitation policy as we continue to provide your loved one with the very best care we can and minimize all health risks for our patients, our staff and the community.

On Friday the hospital was treating 88 patients for the virus. By Saturday the number increased to 96 and today the number is up to 111.

Please refer to https://www.southeasthealth.org/visiting-a-patient/ for our complete visitor policy. These changes remain in compliance with Governor Kay Ivey’s Safer-At-Home Order as of November 5, 2020.

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