COVID-19: Get the latest information, visitor restrictions, and service changes


Educational health information to improve your well-being.

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Reopening for Outpatient Services at Augusta Health

May 7, 2020

On May 1, Governor Ralph Northam allowed Order of Public Health Emergency Two, which temporarily halted all elective procedures at Virginia hospitals, to expire. The Order was issued to conserve healthcare resources and supplies because Virginia was experiencing a rapid rise in cases of COVID-19. There were legitimate concerns that hospitals could be overwhelmed by a surge of patients. The efforts of Virginia's communities and medical facilities to flatten the curve and reduce the rapid spread of COVID-19 had success, so hospitals have been able to preserve the stock of Personal Protective... Continue Reading

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Salute to Nurses: A Year of Celebration became one of Exemplification

May 5, 2020

In 2019, the World Health Organization declared 2020 to be the International Year of the Nurse—a time to celebrate and recognize the work of all nurses, often in challenging conditions, in order to advocate for increasing the investment in nursing and nurses, and to finally eliminate the shortage of nurses around the world. Then, shortly into the year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world. The intersection of these two events cannot be unnoticed or disregarded. Nurses, along with all healthcare providers, are at the forefront of a battle to preserve health and society—globally as... Continue Reading

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Eating Well at Home: Reconnect at Meal Time

May 1, 2020

Augusta Health's Dietitians want to help you stay healthy and sane during this time. Here are some more tips and recipes from their " Making Meals Fun!" series. Ask family members to contribute meal ideas and then to help with some part of the meal process: from setting the table to prepping the salad to cleaning up afterwards. During this strange time, take advantage of mealtime and reconnect with your family. Take a "media break"- turn off the TV and the smart devices and talk with each other! What can you talk about?? Try telling stories or jokes or chat about things you will do this... Continue Reading

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Heroes at Work: Teaming up in the Emergency Department

April 30, 2020

Several Augusta Health employees are working in other important roles during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the volume in their home departments has decreased, they realized their skills are needed in other units of the hospital to prepare for a potential surge in patients or help with services that have been developed to support families and patients during the pandemic. They have redeployed to those areas to make a difference for patients and families. Jackson Maust Jackson Maust, a physical therapist is the Inpatient Rehab, Skilled Nursing Floor and Adult Neuro Outpatient Therapy departments... Continue Reading

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Don't be afraid of the ED: Seeking Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 29, 2020

The steady advice for the past several weeks has been consistent: To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep yourself and your family as safe as possible, maintain a social distance of six feet, or better yet, stay home. For most, this is sound advice. For those who are experiencing true medical emergencies—it is a risk too great to take. "Nationally, Emergency Departments are seeing much lower volumes," says Adam Rochman, MD, Medical Director of Augusta Health's Emergency Department, "and our experience here at Augusta Health aligns with the rest of the country. It's understandable. We've... Continue Reading

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Soothing for an Anxious Time: Maintaining Perspective

April 29, 2020

It is hard to have a clear idea of when our need to practice social distancing will end and "normal" life will resume. The experts are trying to weigh the pros and cons of easing restrictions and many of us are having cabin fever. It isn't easy to have so many of our normal activities altered or postponed or simply cancelled. We are going to virtual meetings, attending virtual services, and having phone conversations instead of visits. We have times of great productivity and times of quiet inactivity. We may be struggling with the thought that we could be doing more. This can be a good time... Continue Reading

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Self-Care & Supporting the Immune System during COVID-19

April 29, 2020

The COVID-19 virus seems to be more severely affecting people with pre-existing conditions including hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and cancer. If you recognize that some of your habits could be compromising your immune system or you want to pump up what you are already doing, there are steps you can take to stop the damage and start supporting your immune system. Nutrition Although this is an extremely stressful time, both personally and professionally, this is not the best time to resort to "comfort foods" especially if comfort foods tend... Continue Reading

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Caring for Patients with Cancer during the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 28, 2020

It's been said that cancer does not discriminate. It does not matter your age, gender or social status: anyone can become a cancer patient. COVID-19 does not discriminate either. But if the two would intersect—if a cancer patient would also contract COVID-19—the outcome could be very serious. Like patients with other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, those with cancer are at a higher risk for developing severe complications with COVID. Additionally, cancer patients on chemotherapy can be immunocompromised, which means their white blood cell counts are low or not well-... Continue Reading

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Why Spring Cleaning is Good for Your Health

April 28, 2020

Spring cleaning. Some do it because it is a tradition, others do it in preparation for barbecues and other get-togethers, while others do it to simply because their mothers told them to. For whatever reason, 91% of Americans will engage in some form of spring cleaning, a practice that can be traced back to biblical times. But for all the reasons you might consider dusting off the tops of the china hutch, we wanted to offer you yet another—cleaning can be good for your health. Cleaning Reduces the Presence of Allergens Spring cleaning isn’t the only tradition linked to the season. For about 50... Continue Reading

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Eating Well at Home: Cooking With Your Kids

April 27, 2020

In our previous post by the Augusta Health Dietitians, we suggested to include the whole family in meal planning . In addition to suggesting recipes, even the kids can help with meal preparation. Here are more fun ideas that you might want to try out: Kathy Berger, RD, offered additional ideas for 'cooking with your kids". She recommended " make-your-own pizzas ." These can be made by dividing refrigerated pizza dough into 4 sections and rolling them out. Have each family member then top their pizzas with their preferred toppings and bake. Encourage creativity by offering several toppings,... Continue Reading