Sovah Health Implements Visitor Restrictions and Screening Guidelines

March 16, 2020

Last update: 3/16/20 at 5:48pm

Sovah Health continues to work closely with the local health departments and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the hospitals and clinics are prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in the community contract or be exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19).

In accordance with guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and with the health and safety of our patients, families, employees and community in mind, Sovah Health is implementing enhanced visitor restrictions and new screening guidelines, effective Sunday, March 15, as follows:

  • Reduced Entry Points: We have limited access to two points of entry for patients and visitors:
    • Danville: Main Entrance & Emergency Department
    • Martinsville: Main Entrance & Emergency Department
  • Screening Guidelines: Our hospitals and clinics have begun screening all individuals who enter our facilities, per CDC guidelines – including patients, visitors and staff – based on potential respiratory symptoms and travel history. Our available entry points (listed above) are now manned with staff to perform screenings.
  • Updated Visitor Restrictions: Out of an abundance of caution until further notice, we are allowing only ONE (1) WELL visitor at a time per patient.
    • All visitors should be 16 and older. 
    • Exceptions will be made for end-of-life and pediatric patients.
    • Visitors will not be allowed to wait in the lobby area.

Visiting hours may change as the situation evolves.

Signage is being posted around the facilities notifying visitors and the community of these new restrictions and guidelines.

Though Sovah Health has not yet had a positive case of COVID-19, these restrictions are necessary to protect the health of patients, staff and community. Check the hospital website for updated information and follow the Virginia Department of Health and CDC for updates.