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COVID-19 Update: First Positive Cases, COVID Care Management Team

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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

This is the best way for us to help ensure we will have the beds, ventilators, masks, tests, and supplies necessary to meet the needs of our valued community, AND STAY HEALTHY! This is a real and direct way people can contribute and help reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our community.

If you have concerns about 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.

First Positive Cases of COVID-19 at Augusta Health

Augusta Health has tested two patients who have been confirmed positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to work closely with the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Laura Kornegay, M.D. director, Central Shenandoah Health District, says, "Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) is conducting a thorough investigation for each COVID-19 case. Those who have been identified as exposed to a COVID-19 case will be notified by CSHD and informed of the steps necessary to remain healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19. That said, it is still extremely important that individuals continue to follow social distancing, proper hand hygiene, and staying home as much as possible. We recognize this is a challenging time for everyone and appreciate each individual's commitment to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities."

COVID Care Management Team

When you're tested for COVID-19, what's next?
At Augusta Health, you'll receive a phone call from our COVID Care Management Team while you wait for results. The Team provides education, support, answers questions, and helps address needs the patient may have.

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