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With decrease in COVID hospitalizations, EAMC reduces visitor restriction level

Published: Oct. 10, 2021 at 12:52 PM CDT
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OPELIKA, Ala. (WTVM) - The East Alabama Medical Center has reduced its visitor restriction level from red to yellow.

Hospital officials say the change was prompted by a significant decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations and a seven-day moving positivity rate of less than 10% in Lee County.

While restrictions vary for each department, John Atkinson at E-A-M-C says a decrease in COVID is the reason for the new visitation rules.

“Over the weekend, we got down to the upper 20s and then this morning we’re actually at 21 COVID patients with seven on ventilators,” said Atkinson.

(Source: East Alabama Health)

In some cases, the number of visitors will increase from one to two per day; areas that did not allow visitation while in the red level will now allow for one visitor, according to EAMC officials.

The change takes place Monday.

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