COVID-19 Update: Stay Home, Call Center, It Takes a Village
The most important priority for our community is to stay home!
There is increased urgency for Social Distancing as 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.
That is 14 days away. 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.
The key component is for individuals to also stay at home as much as possible. This is the best way for us to help ensure we will have the beds, ventilators, masks, tests, and supplies necessary to meet the needs of our valued community, and on April 20! Staying at home and Social Distancing are real and direct ways people can contribute and help reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our community.
For more information, visit https://covid19.healthdata.org/ and select Virginia in the drop-down menu.
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.
It Takes a Village
Augusta Health team members have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. The SAW community has provided financial support, masks, hand sanitizer, glove and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the safety of out patients and staff.
And now, to ensure the safety of those who are donating, the Augusta Health Foundation has established a permanent donation site.
Donations of PPE can be dropped off at the
- White Paneled Donations Truck
- Augusta Health Business Office (separate building behind the hospital, across from the loading dock)
- 7 am – 4 pm
- Seven days a week
Augusta Health Foundation
or send to
Augusta Health Foundation
PO Box 1000
Fishersville, VA 22939
- Hand Sanitizer
- Masks (N95, surgical, medical, dust masks or hand-sewn)
- Face Shields
- Gloves, non-latex
Do You Sew? Help Protect our Caregivers
The Augusta Health Incident Command and Infection Control teams have identified a pattern for making masks from surgical drape that would be the most beneficial to our frontline team members. These may be more complicated to make than regular surgical masks, but they will more closely resemble the N95 masks that are most effective against this virus. Surgical drape cannot be penetrated by water, bacteria, or particles. It effectively blocks 99.9% of particulates and can be sterilized.
The surgical drape material can be obtained through the Augusta Health Foundation staff. Please contact the Foundation Office at (540) 332-5174 or ahfoundation [at] augustahealth.com if you would be interested in making these masks for the hospital system out of provided material. We are so grateful for your support and generosity!
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