Confirmed COVID-19 patient being treated at VCU Medical Center
March 16, 2020
As confirmed by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center is caring for its first confirmed COVID-19 patient. We are working closely with VDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to manage the care of patients with this virus.
Our top priority continues to be ensuring that our medical center remains safe for all patients, team members, and visitors. Our entire team is well-prepared to handle this evolving situation, including meeting the needs of all our patients without compromising the care of anyone else coming to VCU Medical Center for other reasons.
We have been preparing for potential COVID-19 patients to arrive in need of treatment since the earliest reports of a global pandemic. We have highly trained infectious disease experts prepared specifically to respond to new disease threats, such as COVID-19.
We are using screening questions for patients upon arrival to identify potential COVID-19 cases and manage their care. We have also updated our visitor guidelines, which you can find here.
We encourage everyone to continue to take simple but very important steps to protect yourself and the public at-large, including handwashing with soap and water, covering your cough, maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others, and avoiding congregate settings when possible.