Visitor Restrictions and Screening Guidelines

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.
    • All persons with a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle or joint pain, are not permitted to visit patients.
    • If you are here for services and have any of the above symptoms, please ask for a mask upon arrival.
    • You may see some of our staff wearing masks as a safety precaution for our patients.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol hand gel.

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.

Learn more about Sovah Health's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information

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Visitor Guidelines

  • To protect the privacy and confidentiality of our patients and staff, we prohibit photography and audio/visual recording devices in treatment areas.

  • Please do not bring food, drinks or medications to the patient until you check with nursing staff.

  • Please wash your hands before and after you visit every patient. If you there is a Precautions sign on the door, please see the nurse before you vsiit for the first time.

  • We ask that you referain from visiting patients if you have a stomach bug, flu or any illness with a fever.

  • While visitors are encouraged to comfort and support patients, we ask that you not sit or lie in a hospital bed or use the bathroom facilities in a patient's room without checking with our team. Contact your nurse to see if a sleeper chair is available.

  • Sovah Health reserves the right to deny access to anyone. Visitors and patients may not have firearms, other weapons, illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages on the premises. Visitors found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave the premises. In order to ensure safety for patients, all associates and visitors' packages are subject to being searched upon entering and leaving the hospital.

  • A "No Visitors" sign may be placed on the patient's room door upon request of the patient, family or physician.

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours are enforced to control the flow of traffic through our facilities and ensure the safety of our patients and staff. As hours may vary by campus and department, please check with your nurse for visiting times. Visiting hours may change as the COVID 19 situation evolves. Check this page for the most recent updates.

General Visiting Hours: 10:00am - 9:00pm General Visiting Hours: 8:00am - 8:00pm
The doors at the main entrance are locked at 9:00pm. 
The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day.