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COVID-19 Update: Asymptomatic Carriers and Antibody Testing

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The most important priority for our community is to stay home!

The curve for peak hospital resource use in the Commonwealth of Virginia has shifted again. The estimated peak for resource use in Virginia is April 23. That is today! Reaching peak resource day does not mean, however, that COVID-19 has left the community.

Exercise Social Distancing to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases in our community. Flattening the curve is the best way to help ensure we will have the beds, ventilators, masks, tests, and supplies necessary on peak resource day. Now is not the time to stop social distancing!

Our curve has flattened considerably since projections began. This indicates that social distancing and the precautions taken by our state and community are having a positive impact on the incidence of COVID-19 in our community! So please stay home.

As a community, we have taken many necessary steps to create social distancing---schools are closed, non-essential services are closed and Governor Northam has issued a Stay-at-Home Order. Thank you for the part you have played in flattening the curve.

For more information, visit https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/virginia

The projected curve for COVID-19 cases in Virginia

If you have concerns about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure

Please call our COVID Care Call Center at (540) 332-5122. We have a team of nurses answering the calls seven days a week between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

Augusta Health's COVID-19 Assessment Center is located at the Waynesboro Urgent Care at 201 Lew Dewitt Boulevard in Waynesboro. At the Assessment Center, patients can be evaluated, treated and educated about respiratory illness and tested for COVID if needed. Availability of tests is improving.

The COVID Care Call Center and COVID-19 Assessment Center work together to see patients effectively while reducing possible exposure of others to COVID-19.

Asymptomatic Carriers of COVID-19 and Antibody Testing

As experts work to slow the COVID-19 spread, they focus on issues such as learning how the virus spreads, determining who has the virus, and learning who has developed immunity. Because it's a new virus, but linked to other viruses, these answers are complex. Allison Baroco, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist at Augusta Health, and Stefanie Bartley, BSN RN and Infection Prevention specialist, discuss two important concepts—asymptomatic carriers and antibody tests.

Read COVID-19 Asymptomatic Carriers and Antibody Tests

New Outside Care Package Policy—Reminder

The safety of every Augusta Health patient, team member and community member is our top priority. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and new information becomes available, we have decided to implement a new Limited Outside Care Package Policy for packages being dropped off for patients:

  • All persons delivering care packages will be subject to established screening criteria: Contact with a known or suspected person positive for COVID-19; Signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19; Fever of 100°F or greater; New or worsening cough; New or worsening shortness of breath; New or Worsening Loss of Smell.
  • Anyone screening positive for these criteria, or those declining to be screened, will not be allowed to drop off care packages to admitted patients.
  • All care packages must be delivered to the Main Entrance Atrium.
  • All care package items must be sealed in a Ziploc bag prior to arrival.
  • Any item that cannot fit into a sealable plastic bag cannot be accepted.
  • Multiple sealed bags may be brought for a patient.
  • All care package bags will be wiped down and sanitized on the exterior before being brought onto the patient floor.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.