Sovah Health had approximately 24 patients across both campuses as of October 14, with 12 in Danville and 12 in Martinsville, to test positive for COVID-19.
This amount is about the same since the Sept. 30 update.
“At this time, our hospital has adequate capacity to meet patient needs, including in critical care and intensive care,” the release stated.
Additionally, Dr. Harold Lim, Hospitalist, shared information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which compares the flu and COVID-19. The CDC developed a webpage which provides the best available information to date at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm.
“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,” the release stated.
Sovah Health continues to take all the necessary precautions to protect patients and staff from COVID-19, including limiting entry points to the facility, screening all individuals for symptoms, universal masking and maintaining a limited visitor protocol.
It also 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 information about the hospitals’ preparation and response to COVID-19, visit SovahHealth.com.