AU Health updates visitation policy due to rise in community COVID-19 positivity rates

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Written by Lisa Kaylor

Due to a recent increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate in the Augusta area, AU Health is updating its visitation policy to help prevent the spread of infection within its medical facilities.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, visitors to any AU Health facility will be required to wear a medical-grade face mask while in the building and will be required to observe proper hand hygiene.

In the event visitors do not have a mask, Blue Coat Ambassadors at the hospital entrances will provide one, as well as ensure visitors follow proper hand hygiene.

No support persons will be permitted with patients who have COVID-19 while the health system remains in active precautions.

Family presence for non-COVID patients will be modified to two support persons at a time.

Waiting rooms will remain open with physical distancing. In person or large gatherings/meetings are permitted with physical distancing and mask wearing.

AU Health is committed to the safety of its patients, visitors and staff. These visitation requirements will be readjusted when it is safe to do so.

About the author

Lisa Kaylor

Lisa Kaylor is the Lead 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