DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — After Gov. Kay Ivey’s extension of the Safer at Home order Thursday morning, hospitals and care facilities are now starting to feel the restrictions loosen on visitors.
“We will work towards managing the visitation guidelines as we go forward,” said Dr. George Narby, Southeast Health chief medical officer.
Southeast Health is one of many hospitals throughout the state that can now change their policies in order to keep up with the reopening of the state.
“Being hospitalized during a once-in-a-century pandemic has been an extremely difficult experience for patients and their families and everyone’s loved ones,” Narby said. “Anything we can do to help ease that difficulty we’ll apply.”
Southeast Health has been fighting on the frontlines against COVID-19 since the very beginning of the pandemic. Most recently, the hospital began its drive-thru vaccination clinic, through which medical officials hope to vaccinate around 1,000 people per day.
Although there is another month of required mask wearing, Narby explained that we are in a good position and will be in a better one by the end of the mandate.
“We have continued the mask mandate and social distancing guidelines which definitely reduce the number of patients that will get COVID going forward the amount and availability of vaccine is increasing every day,” Narby said. “The mask mandate extends through the next holiday, and I think that that also is a good thing. I look at all of the tools and things we have in place and how the pandemic has gone in recent history, and I think we’re well-positioned.”
The mask mandate ends on April 9, but Southeast Health has not yet changed its visitor policy.