Huntsville Hospital limits visitors as COVID-19 cases surge
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A sign located outside Huntsville Hospital on April 11, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Huntsville Hospital on Tuesday put new restrictions on visitations at its three campuses in Madison County, a response to the surging number of COVID-19 cases across the region.

The updated policy allows “only essential designated caregivers” for support of non-COVID patients, the hospital said in the announcement.

Visitors continue to be prohibited for COVID-19 patients, “except in special circumstances such as end-of-life care.” In those situations, compliance with personal protective equipment is required.

The changes go into effect for Huntsville Hospital as well as Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children and Madison Hospital.

“Our goal is to provide your loved one with the very best care we can and to minimize the health risks for our patients, their families and our staff,” the hospital announcement said.

Madison County is currently facing its worst situation yet with the pandemic with a daily average of 265 new cases per day over the past week. Hospitalizations in Madison County are also at a high with 193 COVID-19 patients on Tuesday. Of that 193 patients, 23 are on ventilators and 29 are in intensive care units.

The Huntsville Hospital Healthcare System across north Alabama also topped 400 COVID inpatients for the first time on Tuesday with 403 cases.

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