DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Southeast Health has updated its visitor policy for a COVID-19 risk level of substantial/moderate as of Tuesday, October 5, according to their website.

The COVID risk level of substantial/moderate means “restrictions decrease somewhat to allow for expanded visitation and the rotation of visitors in many cases.”

The risk level will be evaluated at the beginning of each week. A correlating visitation process will take effect the following day.

A Healthy Visitor policy remains in place which prohibits those with a cold, cough, respiratory illness, or fever from visiting hospitalized patients or accompanying patients to visits. Support persons who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to visit.

The following guidelines apply to all areas:

  • Visitors and patients will be screened for symptoms of acute respiratory illness upon entering the building.
  • All individuals must comply with the screening process and practice hand hygiene upon entry.
  • Visitors should be prepared to show a driver’s license or photo ID upon entry.
  • A face covering or mask is required upon entry and must be worn properly while in the facility.
  • Support persons must remain in the patient’s room and are not allowed to leave the unit or patient’s room except for basic personal needs. (food and restrooms)
  • Support persons will be issued a wristband upon entry which will expire each day. Individuals who must remain with the patient at all times for safety will be provided a distinct wristband.
  • Substituting or rotating visitors or support persons will not be allowed within a 24-hour time frame.
  • With the exception of critical care, most waiting rooms are closed, practice social distancing in others.
  • Children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to visit hospitalized patients unless there are extraordinary circumstances.
  • Exceptions to these restrictions can only be granted by the patient’s care team in extenuating circumstances.

Southeast Health says this policy is subject to change based on operational conditions within their hospital such as the number of COVID patients.

For more information, you can visit their website here.