Hendrick Health moved its COVID-19 Community Safety Dial to Level 6: Emergency on Monday afternoon.
The increase is in response to the rapid growth of active cases in the community and the number of positive hospitalized patients, the hospital system said.
All visitation restrictions remain in place.
Only one person is allowed per patient in a Hendrick facility. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.
Visitors must check in at the screening/check-in stations, and no visitors under the age of 16 will be permitted. Exceptions may apply for pediatrics and end-of-life patients.
The hospital system encourages vaccination as the best form of defense against COVID-19 and its variants.
Those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms should get tested as soon as possible. Avoid others when possible and wear a mask at all times until you receive the test results.
Additional tips to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
► Always wear a mask in public, regardless of vaccination status.
► Order groceries online and pick them up or have them delivered.
► Continue supporting local businesses by purchasing gift cards and ordering meals for takeout or delivery.
► Limit attendance at large gatherings. If you attend, maintain social distancing (six feet apart) and wear a mask.
► Wash hands and wipe down surfaces frequently
This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Hendrick Health moves Community Safety Dial to Emergency status