Centra updates COVID numbers at its hospitals, continues indicating rises in cases


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Centra has released its latest COVID-19 numbers.

As of Jan. 5, a total of 111 patients were being treated inside of its hospitals. A total of 24 of those are vaccinated, 18 are in ICU (four of those are vaccinated), and 12 are on ventilators (three of those are vaccinated).

By hospital:

  • 95 are in Lynchburg General Hospital
  • 14 are in Southside Community Hospital
  • Two are in Bedford Memorial Hospital

Centra says they continue seeing rising inpatient volumes across its system.

The rate of test positivity continues to be higher than it has seen in the past – at times, approaching 50 percent.

They say the pattern of rapid spread is very suggestive of the omicron variant, though they do not have confirmation of this by genotypic sequencing through the VDH.

Centra also says they have continued to expand its capacity to care for COVID patients.

As of this week, Bedford Memorial Hospital is its third facility in the Centra system to care for COVID patients.

Staffing continues to be a challenge for Centra as well.

Centra says starting Thursday, Jan. 6, all of its hospitals will limit visitors in inpatient spaces to one visitor at a time for each adult patient. This one visitor may interchange during the patient’s hospital stay. Visitors must be at least 16 years old and visitation time will shift to 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at each of its hospitals.

COVID-19 testing events have been scheduled at the following times:

  • Friday, Jan. 7 at the Dawson Inn parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a drive-up testing event by VDH.
  • Saturday, Jan. 8 at Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency Practice at 2323 Memorial Avenue, Suite 10 in Lynchburg from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Testing is open for anyone 16 years or older who has symptoms or has had close contact to a known exposure.
  • Every Wednesday at the VDH Alleghany Avenue location in Lynchburg from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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