COVID-19 Update: Heroes Work Here, Visitation Policy Update
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 is April 26, 2020. That is 13 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.
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.
Heroes Work Here!
Thanks to Regency Assisted Living and Memory Care for placing a sign on our property to thank the employees and physicians of Augusta Health:
Visitation Policy Update
Augusta Health has updated its No Visitation policy, effective April 14, 2020. The following will applies to all Inpatient and Outpatient areas with the noted exceptions as outlined:
- Emergency Room: 1 support person for non-respiratory patients only
- Pediatrics: 1 parent/guardian per patient
- Labor & Delivery: 1 coach/partner per patient
- End of Life: 1 visitor at a time
- Inpatient Discharge: 1 support person at discharge only if needed
- Outpatient Procedures: 1 support person only if needed
Today's Blog by Augusta Health Experts
COVID-19 and Lung Disease
This is an unsettling time for many people, especially for people who have existing medical conditions like lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). So if you have COPD or another lung disease, what should you know about COVID-19 and what actions should you take to be prepared?