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COVID-19 Update: Heroes Working Here

Thursday, April 16, 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 11 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.

Heroes Working Here: Meaningful Work in a New Role

In the past few weeks, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, several employees at Augusta Health have been re-deployed to new roles. The new roles have been assigned based on skill sets, but those skill sets are now used in new and different ways. They have, however, found purpose in their new roles: They are all here for the good of our patients, the community and each other.

Read Heroes at Work: Finding Purpose

Today's Blog by Augusta Health Experts

One of the side effects of Social Distancing is that people who live alone can become even more isolated. Reaching out to others who are particularly isolated in ways that are safe can be extremely meaningful to them and it can lift our spirits to help someone. It's a true "Win-Win" situation. In the midst of this difficult time there are numerous stories of generosity and kindnesses.

Read Being Alone can be hard