COVID-19 Update: It's Hospital Week! Recognizing our Heroes!
Augusta Health has begun to reopen its outpatient services. The most important priority for our community is STILL to stay home!
On May 1, Governor Ralph Northam allowed Order of Public Health Emergency Two, which temporarily halted all elective procedures at Virginia hospitals, to expire. The efforts of Virginia's communities and medical facilities to flatten the curve and reduce the rapid spread of COVID-19 had success. This allows Augusta Health to resume non-emergency surgeries and elective outpatient services.
Augusta Health will reopen its elective outpatient services (such as diagnostic imaging and cardiovascular procedures) and resume all non-emergency surgeries in three phases. The phases were developed after careful study and reflection on the recommendations and guidance provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Hospital Association (AHA), and other specialty agencies. Augusta Health will be monitoring indicators to determine when it is safe to move from one phase to the next.
Social distancing in both Augusta Health and out in the community are keys to keeping the indicators strong and continuing to meet the criteria for advancing the phases. It's important for everyone to help keep those who have been waiting for healthcare to avoid exposure to COVID-19 and cause further delays. Keep patients—and each other—safe and healthy!
It's Hospital Week! Recognizing our Heroes!
At Augusta Health, we have more than 2000 heroes working every day. Hospital Week, May 10-16, is a time to recognize their contributions to the community. And the events of 2020 have made that recognition even more meaningful.
Here are the stories of some of our heroes:
- Heroes at Work: Adapting Processes in a Time of Need
- Salute to Nurses: A Year of Celebration became one of Exemplification
- Heroes at Work: Teaming up in the Emergency Department
- Heroes at Work: Redeployed Employees and New Uses for Equipment
- Heroes at Work: Finding Purpose
Please Wear a Face Mask…and BYOM!
BYOM! That's Bring Your Own Mask!
The CDC, the Virginia Department of Health and Augusta Health all recommend that everyone wear a cloth face mask when out in public. So if you will be coming to an Augusta Health facility and have your own clean and laundered mask, please wear it to your appointment. This will help us preserve the mask supply.
For more information about cloth face masks, visit: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/cloth-face-covers/
Additionally, if you'd like to make your own mask, there are patterns (sew and no-sew) here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
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. The COVID-19 Assessment Center is open seven days a week from 8 am until 7 pm.
At the Assessment Center, patients can be evaluated, treated and educated about respiratory illness and tested for COVID if the test is indicated.
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.
For more information about COVID-19 cases in Virginia, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ or https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/