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COVID-19 Update: Continuing to Flatten the Curve

Wednesday, April 15, 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 27. That is 12 days away. 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!

While the peak resource day has moved further into the future, it is important to note that the curve for peak resource use is much flatter than it was a week ago! 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/ and select Virginia in the drop-down menu.

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.

Is Social Distancing Working Here?

Viruses and germs are her specialty, and she's spent an entire career working on preventing the spread of disease to keep the community well. While all outbreaks have challenges, the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have been a once-in-a-century battle for nurses and Infection Prevention specialists like Stefanie Bartley, BSN, RN. She and her colleagues work each day to prevent the spread of the disease through surveillance and education—working collaboratively with clinical colleagues at Augusta Health, Public Health and patients.

Bartley discussing the positive impact social distancing has had on our community and how to stay the course in the weeks to come:

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Soothing for an Anxious Time—Dealing with Irritability
"Sheltering in Place" or staying at home day after day as we wait for the "All Clear" message to get back into the world is hard for most people. All of the togetherness can make us irritable, especially if one or more family members is trying to work or study from home. This can be hard for the children craving to go outside and play with their friends. This can be hard as food supplies dwindle as we intentionally delay the next grocery trip for a few more days to minimize exposure to others. It can just be hard.

We can do something about the irritability. Awareness and mindfulness can help.