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AU Health eases COVID-19 protocols for visitors, effective immediately

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Written by Lisa Kaylor

Due to declining numbers in COVID-19 hospitalizations, AU Health has eased visitation protocols that were in place to help prevent the spread of infection. These protocols included masking and limiting the number of support persons in patient rooms.

According to updated criteria from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 community level is now low.

In light of this, AU Health, Children’s Hospital of Georgia and the Georgia Cancer Center welcome visitors under an updated visitation policy, effective immediately. Under the this policy:

  • Masks are no longer required for visitors, except in areas with high concentrations of immunocompromised patients such as cancer treatment areas
  • Families, partners in care and guests are welcomed 24 hours a day, according to patient preference
  • Waiting rooms are now open
  • No limitations are placed on in-person gatherings or meetings

Hand hygiene continues to be required upon entering the facility and all patient care areas.

No support persons will be allowed to visit with COVID-19 patients who are on active precautions.

About the author

Lisa Kaylor

Lisa Kaylor is the Senior Communications and Media Coordinator for AU Health. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-5292 or lkaylor@augusta.edu.