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

March 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 March 3, 2021: Currently, Sovah Health has 19 patients across both campuses, with 10 located in Danville and 9 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 February 17. Despite this decrease, it is still important to remain vigilant in COVID-19 prevention. Continue to protect yourself and others: cover your mouth and nose with a mask, wash your hands often and well, stay at least six feet away from others, and avoid gatherings with anyone who is not a member of your household. At this time, our hospitals have adequate capacity to meet patient needs, including in critical care and intensive care.

This week, Dr. Arnaud Kaze, Hospitalist, shares our bi-weekly update including information about COVID-19 vaccine administration and he talks about the importance of a colonoscopy screening since March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month.

To date, Sovah Health has administered or redistributed over 17,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Once additional vaccine is received, more clinics and community vaccination events will be scheduled.  We will continue to work across both communities that Sovah Health serves to vaccinate, and you can count on us to remain engaged until our community is fully vaccinated.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer for both men and women. Most colorectal cancers start as polyps. And while most polyps aren’t dangerous, some can turn into cancer. Know your risks such as family history. Early detection of colon cancer can help save lives. If you’re 45 or older and haven’t had a colonoscopy, call your primary care provider to get your screening scheduled.

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.