Sentara COVID-19 Update

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Welcome Back Visitors

At Sentara, the safety of our healthcare professionals and patients is our highest priority. However, we recognize that there are times when having a visitor or family member present is vital.

The following visitor policies will take effect on Thursday, May 7 at 12:00 noon. This will apply to most Sentara hospitals, including all levels of care and the Emergency Department.

  • All non-COVID-19 patients and patients who are not under investigation for COVID-19 may have one visitor.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and end-of-life patients may have two visitors.

Please note that certain Sentara hospitals may have additional visitor guidelines, so we recommend checking with the facility before planning a visit.

All visitors will be screened and have their temperatures taken by a no-touch device before entering the building and will be required to wear a mask. Sentara will provide a community-made mask to visitors who do not have their own.

Sentara is taking all necessary precautions to keep our hospitals safe and clean. You can expect all areas of our hospitals to be carefully cleaned and disinfected on an ongoing basis. All employees are also masked for your protection.

Plasma Donations from Recovered COVID-19 Patients

Sentara Healthcare has joined the FDA-approved COVID-19 plasma donation program as a potential treatment for COVID-19. Patients and community members who have recovered from COVID-19 may be able to help patients currently fighting the disease by donating plasma. Plasma used for this purpose is known as convalescent plasma.

Sentara has partnered with the American Red Cross to help those interested in donating plasma. Those interested must register as a donor through the American Red Cross website.

Click here to learn more.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Stroke

May is Stroke Awareness Month. We encourage you to share this information on the signs and symptoms of stroke to help protect our community. While many are staying home to keep each other safe, we can also help each other stay safe by learning to B.E. F.A.S.T. when it comes to stroke.

B – BALANCE: Dizziness or sudden loss of balance
E – EYES: Blurry vision

F – FACE: Uneven smile or drooping on one side of the face
A – ARMS: Arm weakness on one side
S – SPEECH: Slurred speech
T – TIME: It’s time to call 9-1-1

Any of these signs or symptoms could be a sign of a stroke. Do not wait, BE FAST, and call 9-1-1.


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