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East Georgia Regional, Evans Memorial implementing visitor restrictions as COVID cases begin to rise again

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 1:55 PM EDT
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STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - Several medical facilities are adjusting their rules as the number of COVID-19 cases rise.

Administrators at East Georgia Regional in Statesboro say they still have fewer COVID patients than they did this time last year, but they are putting restrictions back in place in hopes they do not reach those numbers again.

The limit of one visitor per patient went back into place Wednesday. In late June, they had raised that number to two because case numbers had dropped for months and months. They now have seven patients, when they had been down to one or two at a time.

Dr. Alan Scott, chief of staff and ER services director, says requiring masks and limiting visitors are just two ways they can reduce the chance of an infection happening in the hospital and spreading among people here.

“Everybody wants support people. Patients need that support. But our focus is patient safety, staff safety, and visitor safety,” Dr. Scott said.

He says most of the COVID cases they’re now seeing are younger and middle aged adults who haven’t gotten the vaccination. He encourages people to get vaccinated to help greatly reduce the spread.

He says if numbers continue to rise, they could be forced to stop visitors completely. But when numbers drop, they can loosen the restrictions, too.

At Evans Memorial Hosptial, visitors must present a valid COVID vaccination card before entering the facility.

Read more about the visitation policy at Evans Memorial below:

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