COVID-19 Update: Teaming up in the ED, Wear a Face Mask
The most important priority for our community is to stay home!
The Peak Resource Day for Virginia was April 20. That was last week. Having passed Peak Resource Day does not mean that COVID-19 has left the community.
Please continue to Social Distance to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases in our community. Flattening the curve is the best way to help ensure that Augusta Health will have the beds, ventilators, masks, tests, and supplies we may need. Now is not the time to stop social distancing!
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. Thank you for the part you have played in flattening the curve.
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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. At the Assessment Center, patients can be evaluated, treated and 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.
Heroes at Work: Teaming up in the ED
Several Augusta Health employees are working in other important roles during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the volume in their home departments has decreased, they realize their skills are needed in other units of the hospital to help with services that have been developed to support families and patients during the pandemic.
Two of Augusta Health's therapists, Physical Therapist Jackson Maust and Recreational Therapist Shelley Payne for redeployed to the Emergency Department to work as an EMT and a Patient Liaison. Read about their experiences:
Please Wear a Face Mask…and Bring Your Own if You Have One
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 in the community when out in public. And 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/