Starr Regional Medical Center Eases Visitor Restrictions

May 28, 2020

Limited visitation now available for most inpatients as elective and non-urgent procedures gradually resume

Starr Regional Medical Center announced today that it is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions at its Athens facility as the hospital gradually resumes elective and non-urgent cases and services. The decision was made after careful review of state and federal guidance. The updated restrictions, which will now allow most inpatients to have one visitor or support person per day, have been implemented effective immediately.

“Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community,” said John McLain, chief executive officer (CEO) of Starr Regional Medical Center. “We continue to monitor closely the prevalence of the virus in our community as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients, and we feel confident that it is safe to begin allowing limited visitors again at this time.”

As part of the updated visitor restrictions, inpatients will be limited to one well visitor per day, including one support person for surgical and obstetric patients. Emergency Department patients will also be allowed a support person. All pediatric patients shall be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All visitors must be 16 years of age or older, will be screened upon entry and are required to wear a mask and an armband while in the facility. Visitors who do not pass the screening at entry will be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free. Visitors are not allowed for high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised or patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19.

Starr Regional Medical Center continues to screen everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines. For additional updates on how the hospital is working to maintain a safe and supportive environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit