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Augusta Health COVID update: Vaccinations continue

December 22, 2020

After receiving the first shipment of the Pfizer COVID vaccine on December 15, Augusta Health's Vaccine Clinic has continued throughout the week. As of Tuesday morning, December 22, more than 800 healthcare personnel had been vaccinated at the Clinic. In alignment with the Virginia Prioritization Schedule determined by the Virginia Department of Health, these healthcare workers are part of the highest priority group: those who 'directly engage in the care of or interact with patients known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19'. Logistically, the Vaccine Clinic has implemented several... Continue Reading

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First Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines arrive; vaccinations begin

December 16, 2020

The first vials of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Augusta Health on Tuesday, December 15. The shipment was 925 doses, with 50 doses for other hospitals in the region without ultra-low subzero freezers. In accordance with the Virginia Prioritization Schedule developed by the Virginia Department of Health, the first to be vaccinated will be healthcare personnel in hospitals and health systems who 'directly engage in the care of or interact with patients known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19'. Augusta Health's Vaccine Task Force conducted a 'dry run' of the Vaccine Clinic on... Continue Reading

The logistics of the COVID-19 vaccine and administration

December 14, 2020

It's on the way: The logistics of the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine and administration The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for emergency use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authorized the vaccine for those age 16 and older. On Sunday, Pfizer began shipping the vaccine to 600 sites across all 50 states. Augusta Health is one of those sites, and its vaccine is expected to arrive on Tuesday, December 15. The vaccine, which must be stored at extreme temperatures and required the purchase of a special ultra-low subzero freezer... Continue Reading

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Augusta Health ready to receive, store and administer the COVID-19 vaccine

December 2, 2020

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused infections, hospitalizations, and deaths across the Commonwealth of Virginia and locally in the Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro area. The severity and impact of the pandemic has spurred a historically rapid quest for an effective vaccine by multiple pharmaceutical companies. Many are far along in development — in fact, two (Pfizer and Moderna) have already applied for emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Augusta Health, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Hospital... Continue Reading

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Can you actually prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes? Yes, you can. Here's how!

November 30, 2020

Type 2 Diabetes is a growing national health problem. Ninety percent of those diagnosed with Diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes. Locally, in the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County, 16.5% of adults in the area reported having been diagnosed with Diabetes, compared to 10.5% in Virginia and 13.3% in the US. In Staunton and Waynesboro, the percentage is even higher than the area average: 20.2% in Staunton and 16.7% in Waynesboro. Even more concerning: The percentage of people with Diabetes reported in the local 2016 CHNA was 13.9%, so the... Continue Reading

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Tips for Virtual Holiday Celebrations

November 24, 2020

Everyone enjoys gathering together for holiday celebrations. This year, though, the gatherings may have a different look and feel. Because eating together is a higher risk activity—especially when eating with those who live outside your immediate household—virtual gatherings are encouraged this year. But can a virtual gathering be fun? According to our colleagues at Duke Health they absolutely can be! Here are some of their suggestions for events to help all relax and reconnect safely during the holidays: Host virtual holiday trivia A quick round of trivia is a familiar way to encourage... Continue Reading

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Diabetes Myths and Facts

November 23, 2020

There is a lot of information about diabetes—many conflicting claims on the internet, advice from friends and family, and plethora of opinions from “health experts.” It's often challenging for individuals with diabetes to navigate this world of information (or misinformation), whether they are newly diagnosed, starting a new medication or simply trying to manage their blood sugar better. Today we're going to dispel a few myths to clear up the water. Myth: “If I have diabetes I can’t eat carbs.” Fact: Evidence suggests that a balance of healthy carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat can help... Continue Reading

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Everything You Need to Know about Diabetes

November 20, 2020

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. It's the perfect time to review the most common types of diabetes, general statistics, and current research surrounding the growing prevalence of early onset Type 2 Diabetes. What is Diabetes? Diabetes the one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. Did you know one in 10 individuals have diabetes in the United States? Additionally, one in five individuals does not even know they have diabetes. Normally, when you eat a meal, it is broken down into glucose (sugar). That glucose enters your blood, and this signals the pancreas to release... Continue Reading

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Reduce your risk of spreading COVID-19 at Thanksgiving

November 18, 2020

It’s Thanksgiving! Many will be traveling to celebrate with families. Travel and family gatherings, though, can increase your risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and others is to stay home. If you are sick—with COVID-19, flu or any other contagious disease—you should not attend any in-person holiday celebration. Those with medical conditions that increase risk for severe illness should also avoid in-person gatherings. If you do decide to celebrate with others, different activities carry different levels of risk for COVID-19. Here, from the CDC, are... Continue Reading

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Gatherings & Get-Togethers During a Pandemic: Tips for Staying Safe & Healthy

November 16, 2020

As the temperatures nudge colder and the days grow shorter, a bright spot of the fall and winter seasons each year is the holiday gatherings. But the celebrations—Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years—usually include indoor gatherings of friends and families, crowded parties, and travel. All of these activities increase the risk for getting or spreading COVID-19. So how do we reduce risk for our own parties and the ones we attend? Here, from the Augusta Health Infection Prevention specialists and the CDC, are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy. First... Continue Reading