Southeast Health releases visitor policy changes amid coronavirus concerns; restricts children under 16

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Southeast Health has released new visitation policies for individuals who may be sick or who wish to visit hospitalized patients.

According to Southeast’s website, individuals with colds, coughs, or a respiratory illness should not visit with hospitalized patients or accompany patients on visits. Restrictions also include:

  • Children under the age of 16 will not be permitted to visit hospitalized patients.
  • Patients will be limited to two visitors at a time – healthy only.
  • Anyone with flu-like symptoms – whether they are a patient or a visitor who absolutely needs to come – must wear a mask while they are at any Southeast Health facilities.
  • Exceptions to these restrictions can be granted by the patient’s care team in extenuating circumstances. Check with the nursing station or clinical staff before visiting a patient room or entering a patient care area to request an exception.

Masks will be required for people with coughs, fever, shortness of breathe, or other cold symptoms. For patients who hospital officials suspect have COVID-19, they will be “cared for according to protocol.”

Some hospital entrances have also been closed. These include the entrances to the Doctors Building, Basement and the Patient Tower (a detailed map can be viewed here).

To view the entire set of policies and restrictions, click here.

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