COVID-19 Update: It Takes a Village: A Focus on the Mask Makers
The most important priority for our community is to stay home!
here 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 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.
Main Outpatient Lab at Hospital Closed on Saturdays
Beginning Saturday, April 11, the Augusta Health Outpatient Laboratory in the main hospital building will be closed on Saturdays.
It Takes a Village…Donations to Augusta Health
A Focus on the Mask Makers
Literally hundreds of local sewers have been hand-sewing masks for Augusta Health and other essential healthcare agencies. The Sewing Ministry of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesboro is one of many church sewing groups who have mobilized to sew with a purpose. So far, the Ministry has made and donated more than 600 masks from both standard fabric and surgical drape provide by the Augusta Health Foundation.
If you are interested in making cotton masks for use by caregivers, staff and patients: We want all Augusta Health personnel and patients to be safe and protected during this time! Augusta Health still needs masks made from cotton fabric. A pattern for the mask may be found on the CDC website. Please note that you will need to provide your own materials.
Once you have the masks made, you may drop them off at the Augusta Health Foundation Donations Truck that is located in back of the hospital in the Business Office parking lot, across from the loading dock. The truck will be available from 7am – 4pm seven days per week.
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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Hope in the Midst of the Pandemic
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