COVID-19 Update from Sovah Health - Aug. 5

August 5, 2020

Sovah Health has established a regular update to share information with the public related to COVID-19 including the status of hospital operations and the safety measures being taken to protect our patients, staff and community. These updates will be delivered every two weeks by various physician leaders and will be available on the hospitals’ social media channels and website.

As of August 5, 2020: Currently, Sovah Health has approximately 40 patients across both campuses who have tested positive for COVID-19 in our hospitals. The number of positive patients are split evenly between both campuses and represents an increase of about 10 patients between the campuses since our last update that was provided on July 29, 2020.

As reported by the Virginia Department of Health, cases of COVID-19 remain high, and with the documented increase in confirmed positive cases, hospitals in our region including ours continue to see an increase in hospitalizations since our last update. At this time, our hospital has adequate capacity to meet patient needs, including in critical care and intensive care.

This week, Dr. Abiodun Otolorin, Hospitalist, shares tips provided by the CDC about what people should know when deciding to go out and the risks that are involved. The full list from the CDC can be found here - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/deciding-to-go-out.html.

Sovah Health continues to take all the necessary precautions to protect our patients and staff from COVID-19, including limiting entry points to the facility, screening all individuals for symptoms of COVID-19, universal masking, and maintain a strict limited visitor protocol.

Sovah Health reminds the public to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene, and wearing a mask or face covering while in public.

For additional updates, please visit our COVID-19 Preparedness Information webpage.