COVID-19 Update: December 16, 2020
The holiday season is here and so is COVID-19
COVID-19 has never left our community and is, in fact, increasing in prevalence. We continue to identify large numbers of positive cases daily. Please remember:
- Stay home if you can.
- If you can't stay home, maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and others.
- Wear a mask to protect others, yourself and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol.
Vaccine Arrives and Vaccinations Begin
The first vials of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Augusta Health on Tuesday, December 15. The shipment was 975 doses, including approximately 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'.
Similar to a soft-launch for a new restaurant, Augusta Health's Vaccine Task Force conducted a 'dry run' of the Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday afternoon to run thought the vaccine administration procedures and flow with the staff administering the vaccinations. A small group of volunteers—David Fosnocht, MD, of the Emergency Department; Daniel Parks, MD, medical director of the Waynesboro Assessment Center; Allison Baroco, MD, Infectious Disease specialist; Talisa Snow, RN BSN, specialty clinical coordinator in the ICU; and Colton Berrington, PTA, safety resource officer—became the first employees to be vaccinated at Augusta Health.
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It's on the Way: The Logistics of the Arrival of 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.
This article describes how COVID-19 vaccine is stored, transported and administered: https://www.augustahealth.com/health-focused/the-logistics-of-the-covid-19-vaccine-and-administration.
Do you have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Check out the Augusta Health COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ page: https://www.augustahealth.com/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-questions-and-answers
If you have concerns about COVID-19 symptoms or exposure:
Augusta Health's COVID-19 Assessment Center is open seven days a week from 8 am until 7 pm. It is located at the Waynesboro Urgent Care at 201 Lew Dewitt Boulevard in Waynesboro. As an essential service, the Waynesboro Assessment Center does not close due to weather
At the Assessment Center, patients can be evaluated, treated and educated about respiratory illness and tested for COVID if the test is indicated.
For more information about COVID-19 cases in Virginia, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ or https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/