Sovah Health releases bi-weekly COVID-19 update

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(WFXR) – Sovah Health has released its latest update, regarding the status of hospital operations and the safety measures being taken to protect patients, staff and the community.

As of Sept. 16, Sovah Health says it has approximately 30 patients who have tested positive for coronavirus across both campuses with less than 20 of those cases located in Danville and less than 10 cases in Martinsville.

Sovah Health says this is about the same since its last update on Sept. 2.

The hospitals say that both campuses have adequate capacity to meet patient needs, including in critical care and intensive care.

Jason Lunsford, MSN, APRN, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner Hospitalist, has shared an update to Sovah Health’s visitation policy and recommendations on flu vaccination. Given the slight decrease in COVID-19 cases and knowing how important it is to have a loved one with you in an emergency, Sovah Health has decided to allow one “well” visitor in the hospital’s 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.

The hospital will continue to monitor the transmission of COVID-19 in the region and will update the policy as evolution of the pandemic continues.

Sovah Health is encouraging patients and families to keep in contact with their loved ones virtually including phone calls, FaceTime or other available technological advances.

For additional information regarding Sovah Health’s visitation police, click here.

Sovah Health is also encouraging everyone to be proactive about your health and get a flu shot.

Doctors say the best way to protect yourself from the flu, is to get the flu vaccination. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of six months (with rare exceptions) to help you stay as healthy as possible. The flu vaccine can take approximately two weeks to become fully effective, so plan to receive the vaccine before flu activity begins, if possible.

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