DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Starting on May 3, Southeast Health will restrict visitor access to patients, due to rising COVID-19 rates.

The health center said in a statement:

Due to an increase in the transmission rate of COVID-19 in the community, Houston County is now rated in the MODERATE (Yellow) category by the Alabama Department of Public Health. The increase will move Southeast Health’s visitation policy to substantial/moderate a slightly more restrictive level on Tuesday, May 3.

Mark Stewart, Southeast Health Media Relations

Hospitalized patients, in most cases, can now have one support person and up to two visitors daily who may rotate. If you plan to visit a patient, Southeast Health asks you to review the unit-specific guidelines in advance.

Support persons and visitors are required to register at Entrance 3 on the upper level of the east parking deck, according to a release. Visitors who are not staying with the patient overnight can enter and exit the building during visiting hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visitors and support persons are required to wear a facemask inside the hospital.

Credits: Southeast Health

The change to the policy will be in place until there is another change in COVID-19 transmission that threatens patients, staff, and the community, according to the release.

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