COVID-19 Update from Sovah Health - October 14

October 14, 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 clinical and physician leaders and will be available on the hospitals’ social media channels and website.

As of October 14, 2020: Currently, Sovah Health has approximately 24 patients across both campuses, with 12 located in Danville and 12 in Martinsville, who have tested positive for COVID-19 in our hospitals. This amount is about the same since our last update was provided on September 30, 2020. At this time, our hospital has adequate capacity to meet patient needs, including in critical care and intensive care.

This week, Dr. Harold Lim, Hospitalist, shares information from the CDC about the comparison between the Flu and COVID-19. To find this comparison, the CDC has developed a webpage which gives the best available information to date at

This year, it has never been more important to be proactive about your health and to get your flu shot. Flu vaccination is the single-best way to protect yourself from the virus. While the flu vaccine won’t protect you from COVID-19, it can help prevent you from getting the flu, or help lessen your symptoms if you do. Plus, getting your vaccination will help give you valuable peace of mind that you’re doing everything you can to guard against the flu, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic surges on.

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.