Sentara COVID-19 Update: March 18, 2020

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Provided by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

This Sentara COVID-19 update will address the following:

  • Sentara COVID-19 Drive-Thru Screening Suspended
  • What To Do Before Leaving Home
  • Sentara Medical Group Appointments

As a reminder, up-to-date information is always available at

Sentara COVID-19 Drive-Thru Screening Suspended

After two successful days of COVID-19 drive-thru screening and testing, our supply of tests is running low. Because of our limited supplies, we must temporarily close all of our drive-thru screening and testing locations, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.

We know that COVID-19 is a critical concern for our communities, so we are actively working with state and federal officials to get more testing supplies. We will continue to update you on our official Sentara Healthcare social media channels and on

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider or the Sentara COVID-19 Call Center (1-833-945-2395) before visiting a Sentara Healthcare location. If it is not an emergency, we kindly ask that you remain at home.

Before You Leave Your House

Ask yourself these questions:Do you have two of the three symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

In the last month, have you been in contact with someone who was confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 OR have you traveled internationally or to an area with a known COVID-19 outbreak? (Check the latest high-risk travel areas here)

Please, stay home. Continue to follow the CDC recommended prevention methods and monitor for a change in symptoms.

BELOW age 60 and have no other health issues, you should stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days.

OVER age 60 OR have underlying health conditions, please follow these steps:

  1. Call your healthcare provider for further guidance.
  2. If you don’t have a primary care provider, view our virtual care options by clicking here.
  3. If you require immediate medical attention, please call your nearest emergency department. View our list of Sentara emergency departments by clicking here.

Sentara Medical Group Appointments

Effective March 17, 2020, please find updated information for patients of Sentara Medical Group below.

  • If you are scheduled for an upcoming appointment, and develop a fever or cough, please call the office before your appointment so your provider can offer guidance and recommend the best care plan for you.
  • You may receive a call to transition your in-office appointment to a virtual appointment, depending on your needs. Virtual appointments will be conducted over the phone or through a video visit.
  • If you have questions for your provider, we encourage you to contact them through Sentara MyChart or your Sentara Account. Our providers review their messages daily and will respond to you promptly.

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