Hale County Hospital limiting patient visitation because of COVID-19

Hale Co. hospital visitor restrictions

HALE CO., Ala. (WBRC) - Hale County Hospital in Greensboro is allowing fewer visitors inside the hospital at this time.

Hale County’s highest-ranking elected official said he isn’t surprised considering the number of coronavirus cases they’re experiencing there. Hale County Probate Judge Arthur Crawford agrees with the hospital being more careful with who can enter the building because of coronavirus spread.

“It was necessary to try and control the transfer of the virus,” Crawford said.

Tuesday, the hospital posted this message on its Facebook page:

Hale Co. Hospital changes visitation policy
Hale Co. Hospital changes visitation policy (Source: Hale County Hospital)

It said in part, “Due in part to the recent surge of COVID19 cases, Hale County Hospital will no longer allow visitors to inpatients unless approved by hospital staff or end of life situations. Emergency Room patients under the age of 18 may have one parent accompany them to the ER.”

“It’s like the tip of the iceberg. Hale County like most other areas are being stressed. Our hospital is being stressed. There are no extra beds and our hospital as you know is not as capable of taking care of COVID patients because of the requirements. So they’re being stabilized to be transferred to a hospital that is available,” Judge Crawford said.

We reached to the hospital several times for comment and are still waiting on a response.

In the last 14 days, 255 people out of 519 tested in the county were positive for coronavirus. The Alabama Department of Public Health website listed Hale County in the high risk for coronavirus in its most recent update.

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