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COVID-19 Update: Resuming Elective In-patient Surgeries

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Summer Season is coming… this year it comes with COVID-19!

COVID-19 has not left our community. We continue to identify positive cases daily. Please remember:

  • Stay home if you can.
  • If you can't stay home, maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and others.
  • If you can't maintain a 6-foot distance, wear a mask to protect others.
    • You wear a mask to protect others. They wear a mask to protect you. Wearing a mask does not show fear of the virus, it shows consideration for others. It's how we stop COVID-19 together.
    • New research indicates about 40% of coronavirus transmissions happen before symptoms appear. You could be contagious without even being aware you have the virus.

Resuming Elective In-patient Surgeries Augusta Health: Phase III Begins

On Monday, June 8, Augusta Health moved to Phase III, the final phase of its plan to safely re-open and resume elective services. Phase III adds elective surgeries that require a post-surgical inpatient stay. All these surgeries require COVID-19 testing 72 hours before the procedure and quarantine following the test until the procedure.

On the surface, Phase III would seem to be the most straight-forward because only one service has been added: Inpatient Surgery. That service, though, is the most complicated because even though elective, it requires admission to the hospital. A good example is knee replacement surgery.

Surgical patients are scheduled for a COVID-19 test at the Waynesboro Assessment Center. The test is given by a 'Drive Thru' method to eliminate any time in the waiting room of the Assessment Center. On average, test results are known in about 36 hours. If the result is negative and the procedure proceeds as schedule, the patient needs to quarantine until the procedure.

An interesting benefit of the pre-procedure COVID-19 testing has been the opportunity to test members of the community. Of more than 650 pre-procedure tests conducted through June 1, only one has been a positive result. The results have been informative and helped to create appropriate Phase III plans and preparations.

Read Moving to Third Phase of Resumption of Services: Inpatient Surgeries

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 from Monday through Friday 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. Pre-procedure COVID-19 testing is given by a "Drive Thru" method at the Assessment Center.

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/