Due to the low prevalence of COVID-19 in southeast Georgia communities,
effective Monday, April 25, 2022, Southeast Georgia Health System will
relax its masking policy and resume its pre-COVID 19 visitor policies.
Required Masking: Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
guidance for healthcare facilities--which as Joint Commission certified
facilities the Health System must follow--all individuals, both vaccinated
and non-vaccinated, are required to wear procedural masks in all clinical
areas and hallways in Health System buildings where clinical services
are provided. Signage will be posted in areas requiring masks. To the
extent new CDC guidance is released allowing relaxing of masking in these
areas, the Health System will adjust its policy accordingly. Clinical/patient
care areas include, but are not limited to:
- Brunswick and Camden Campus Emergency Care Centers and patient floors
- Senior Care Centers
- Medical Plazas, Medical Office Buildings, Outpatient Care Center
- Southeast Georgia Physician Associates practices and Immediate Care Centers
- Ancillary Services (Outpatient Rehabilitation Care Centers, Wound Care
Centers, Labs, Imaging Services, etc.)
- Conference rooms and administrative offices located within clinical/patient
Optional Masking: For vaccinated team members and medical staff members, as well as patients
and visitors, masks will be optional in non-clinical buildings, administrative
offices, cafeterias, conference rooms and gift shops. Medical staff and
team members receiving a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19
vaccination mandate are required to mask in all “optional masking” areas.
Visitation: With the exception of COVID-19 patient floors, visitation will be open
with very little restrictions, consistent with pre-COVID-19 visitor policies.
Specialized units, such as intensive and critical care units, may have
individual restrictions and/or flexibilities for their patients. Children
under the age of 12 may have limited visiting privileges or may be restricted
from some patient areas. Individuals should not visit patients if experiencing
any illness or COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms.
COVID-19 screenings: In-person screenings at Health System facility entrances have been discontinued.
Signage at each entrance directs those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
to avoid entering the building unless seeking medical treatment, and we
ask that all team members and medical staff members continue to self-monitor
for potential illness.
The Health System reserves the right to update masking and visitation policies
at any time based on COVID-19 conditions.