EAMC officials want to remind people to wear masks when visiting hospitals and nursing homes.
The Centers for Disease Control CDC announced that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can leave their masks in most public places; however, Alabama hospitals and nursing homes are still subject to federal mask requirements.
As a result, masks will still be required in all facilities under the East Alabama Health umbrella, even for people who have been fully vaccinated, said EAMC spokesperson John Atkinson.
The EAMC umbrella includes the hospital, EAMC-Lanier in Valley, and its nursing homes, clinics and physician offices.
State, local numbersCOVID-19 infections are lagging in Eastern Alabama and the rest of the state and continue in line with conditions since late winter.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 540,891 cases have been reported statewide since the COVID-19 outbreak, with 11,045 deaths. Almost 1.3 million inhabitants have been vaccinated.
Chambers County has reported a total of 3,616 cases, with 123 deaths. It has reported 46 new cases in the past two weeks.
Lee County tops East Alabama in reported total cases with 16,011 – and deaths with 172. It has reported 94 new cases in the past two weeks.
Macon County has reported a total of 1,612 cases, with 50 deaths. It has reported 18 new cases in the past two weeks.