DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama’s COVID-19 positivity rate is slightly over 20% which is a 10% increase since this time last week.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health dashboard, 52 of the 67 counties are listed as the highest level for the spread of COVID-19 including Houston County.

Due to the high transmission rate, Southeast Health has altered its visitation policy to one visitor with a patient at all times, and rotating visitors are not allowed within a 24-hour time frame.

On the other hand, Flowers Hospital is not changing its visitation policy instead they are keeping a close eye on the virus in the community and will make changes as needed.

With the uptick in COVID-19 cases stemming from variants like Delta and now Omicron, hospitals want to protect their patients and especially staff in case there is another surge, but not only is the thought of another surge worrisome to hospitals, small local restaurants are worried too.

“My main concern is our employees because we have some who stuck with us and they been with us through COVID and still with us we lost a lot of employees a lot of good ones too,” Owner of Larry’s Bar-B-Q Debbie Sellers said.

Sellers said they are still having a hard time bringing in employees.

In the meantime, their employees are mostly fully vaccinated and they are doing everything they can to not revert back and stay open for business.

“We have sanitizer when you come in the business and when you walk out, everything is wiped down thoroughly with sanitation, our bathrooms we try to keep them as cleaned as we can,” Sellers said.