COVID-19 Update: It Takes a Village: A Focus on the Library
The most important priority for our community is to stay home!
There is increased urgency for Social Distancing because the curve for the peak for COVID-19 in the Commonwealth of Virginia has shifted. The estimated peak for resource use in Virginian is April 20, 2020.
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.
Stay at home as much as possible! Flattening the curve is the best way to help ensure we will have the beds, ventilators, masks, tests, and supplies necessary to meet the needs of our community. Staying at home and Social Distancing are real and direct ways you can help reduce the impact of COVID-19!
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.
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, 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.
OB information for Expectant Mothers and Support Persons
Because of the precautions necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the safety of mother and baby, we need to limit the entry and exit to the Birthing Suite. Once mother and your support partner have come into the unit, neither will be able to leave then unit and then return. So please be sure to bring all the items BOTH of you will need for the entire stay before you enter. This may include toiletries, the support person's medications, snacks, clothes, and the car seat you will need when you head home. Support partners will not be able to leave the OB unit and then re-enter. Thank you for your understanding as we work to provide the best care possible for your entire family.
It Takes a Village…Donations to Augusta Health
A Focus on the Library
When you can't buy a face shield, it turns out your local library can print them for you! The main branch of the Augusta County Library is just down the road from Augusta Health. The Library has a 3D printer that is used by its patrons to print a variety of objects from boat parts to miniature Eiffel Towers. Currently, systems technician Matt Frenger is using it—almost around the clock—to print face shields for the staff at Augusta Health.
It takes a village to battle a pandemic. So in an unprecedented time and facing an unpredictable disease and while keeping an appropriate social distance, an entire village—a community of support—has risen to help each other through it.
We stand together, even when we are apart.
If you are interested in joining the village, please visit our Community Support page.
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