The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District has escalated the COVID-19 transmission risk to Red as case numbers continue to grow across the region.
"The decision is in response to the evolving situation across NSW and the increasing levels of community transmission," the LHD said.
There's been 97 new COVID cases in the Illawarra Shoalhaven this week.
The move effects visitation at all of the district's hospitals with visitors only allowed for certain circumstances.
The LHD said one partner / support person may support mothers during labour and birth.
"The same partner / support person may visit after birth in the post-natal ward for unrestricted periods between 8am-8pm," the LHD said.
Effective immediately, one parent of a child admitted under Paedatrics services is allow to visit while for end-of-life patients, visitors are only limited to the extent necessary to minimise risk.
"All of the allowed visitors must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask at all times," the LHD said.
Staff will continue to use Personal Protective Equipment as set out in the Red Alert protocol while there is no change to the current operations for elective surgery, inpatient and outpatient services, cancer screening services, mental health and other clinical services.
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