COVID-19 Update from Sovah Health - Sept. 16

September 16, 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 September 16, 2020: Currently, Sovah Health has approximately 30 patients across both campuses, with the less than 20 located in Danville and less than 10 in Martinsville, who have tested positive for COVID-19 in our hospitals. This is about the same since our last update was provided on September 2, 2020. At this time, our hospital has adequate capacity to meet patient needs, including in critical care and intensive care.

This week, Jason Lunsford, NP, Hospitalist, shares an update to our visitation policy and recommendations on flu vaccination. Sovah Health, given the slight decrease in COVID-19 cases and knowing how important it is to have a loved one with you in an emergency, has decided to allow one WELL visitor in our emergency department. If admission to the hospital is required, visitors may not follow the patient to the inpatient unit which is currently under a limited visitation policy. We will continue to monitor the transmission of COVID-19 in the region and update our policy as the pandemic evolves. We encourage patients and families to keep in contact with their loved ones utilizing virtual means such as through phone calls, FaceTime or other technologies that are available. For additional information about our visitation policy, please visit our COVID-19 Preparedness Information page.

Given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic 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.

Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months (with rare exceptions) to help you stay as healthy as possible. Flu vaccines can take approximately two weeks to become fully effective, so you should plan to receive your flu vaccine before flu activity begins, if possible. A good rule of thumb is to get vaccinated no later than the end of October. Visit the CDC’s website for more information at

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.