COVID-19 Update from Sovah Health - February 3, 2021

February 3, 2021

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 clinical and physician leaders and will be available on the hospitals’ social media channels and website.

As of February 3, 2021: Currently, Sovah Health has 51 patients across both campuses, with 32 located in Danville and 19 in Martinsville, who have tested positive and are being treated for COVID-19 in our hospitals. This is a decrease since our last bi-weekly update was provided on January 20th. At this time, our hospitals have adequate capacity to meet patient needs, including in critical care and intensive care.

This week, Dr. Sydney Harris, Hospitalist, shares our bi-weekly update. In addition to sharing the number of COVID-19 patients admitted, Dr. Harris shares that our Danville campus has resumed all elective and non-urgent surgical cases that were postponed due to the COVID-19 surge.

Also shared in this week’s update is information about the COVID-19 vaccination process. To date, Sovah Health has administered or redistributed a total of 8,059 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will be holding another closed “point of dispensing” (POD) vaccination clinic on Saturday, February 6th in conjunction with Sovah Health – Danville, the city and county and the Cherrystone Missionary Baptist Association. Sovah Health has exhausted all of our Danville campus vaccine supply at this time but will continue to request additional vaccine to support the current VDH vaccine priorities.

On our Martinsville campus, we are also working with VDH and the City of Martinsville to schedule a closed POD vaccination for this Saturday.

Once additional vaccine is received, more clinics and community vaccination events will be scheduled.  We are still just beginning this important work across both communities that Sovah Health serves and you can count on us to remain engaged until our community is fully vaccinated.

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 maintaining a 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.