Huntsville Hospital is changing its visitation guidelines due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
The changes go into effect at Noon Friday. "For those who may push back and question it, it's for their safety and their loved ones safety," said Tracy Doughty, President and Chief Operating Officer of Huntsville Hospital. "We're not trying to be intrusive in their personal life or too restrictive, we're trying to be proactive."
Prior to making the visitation changes, Doughty said managers spent several days speaking to visitors and patients to see what they thought about the changes. The hospital decided visitation changes were in everyone's best interest due to the spike in hospitalizations.
The hospital is requiring that all visitors must be no younger than 16 with a valid ID, and free of symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and loss of taste or smell.
Visitors also must wear masks while inside the hospital, observe social distancing and sanitize.
General inpatients are limited to one designated visitor per stay.
For patients with coronavirus, only one visitor is allowed per stay and they can only stay for 2 hours per day.
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