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COVID-19 Update: Nurses Week

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The most important priority for our community is to stay home!

The Peak Resource Use Day for Virginia was two weeks ago on April 20. Having passed Peak Resource Day does not mean that COVID-19 has left the community.

Thank you for the part you have played in flattening the curve in our community. As restrictions ease during the coming months, please remember to social distance, wear masks and wash hands.

For more information, visit:

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.

It's Nurses Week! And 2020 has been designated the Year of the Nurse!

Each year, the week leading up to Florence Nightingale's birthday on May 12 is Nurses Week, a time to recognize all nurses for their skill, professionalism and compassion. In late 2019, the World Health Organization also designated 2020 to be International Year of the Nurse. How fitting and prophetic that declaration has been!

The COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted the resiliency, dedication, commitment and innovation of our nurses at Augusta Health. Throughout this crisis, our nurses, along with the entire Augusta Health team, have risen to the occasion day after day.

While the typical day of an Augusta Health nurse has changed, the core values, character and commitment of our nurses to their patients—and to each other—have not. They are proud of the skill and expertise of their teams, of their courage and dedication to patients, and most importantly, of being the human connection in a time of isolation and quarantine. Our nurses are resilient—experiencing one rough day after another, but always coming back for the next shift.

We celebrate them and thank them this week, Nurses Week, and all weeks. They are the best to tell their experiences. Here are some of their reflections:

Read Salute to Nurses: A Year of Celebration became one of Exemplification

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