More north Alabama hospitals limiting visitors among illness concerns

Updated: Mar. 6, 2020 at 4:31 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Several facilities within the Huntsville Hospital system are implementing temporary changes to their visitation policies.

So far, the new restrictions have been announced for Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, Madison Hospital, Decatur Morgan Hospital, Athens-Limestone Hospital, Helen Keller Hospital and Red Bay Hospital.

Effective immediately, no more than two visitors will be allowed in patient rooms at a time.

People who have a fever, cough, body aches or sore throat are asked to not visit the hospitals or hospital-affiliated clinics unless you are seeking health care.

In addition, the hospitals ask that children under 16 not visit patients, even when accompanied by adults. Exceptions will be made for extraordinary circumstances.

Also, each visitor is required to sanitize his or her hands when entering the hospital, and when entering and exiting patient rooms.

Huntsville Hospital is also temporarily suspending student job shadowing programs.

Also in Huntsville, Crestwood Medical Center is also asking that visitors limit themselves to two per room and be over the age of 16. They also say to sanitize your hands when entering the hospital, cover your coughs and sneezes, and sanitize your hands afterward.

For the most up to date coronavirus information and resources, please call the Alabama Department of Public Health at 334-206-5347 or visit

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