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VCU Health treating COVID-19 patient: What you should know

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As VCU Health treats a confirmed case(s) of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, you may have questions about how we’ve been preparing and what we are doing to ensure that the virus does not spread to our other patients, staff and hospital visitors.  

Where are patients with COVID-19 treated at VCU Medical Center?

We have treatment areas for COVID-19 patients in our pediatric and adult emergency departments as well as our outpatient center. We are also using screening questions for patients upon arrival to identify potential COVID-19 cases and manage their care.

I’m currently being treated for something else at a VCU Health facility. Should I be worried?

Our hospital continues to be safe for all patients. Our team is well prepared to handle this evolving situation, including meeting the needs of all our patients without compromising the care of anyone visiting VCU Medical Center for other reasons.

How does VCU Health care for someone with COVID-19?

Exact care measures are dependent upon the patient’s health conditions and can range from outpatient care to treatment in an intensive care unit.

How will you keep COVID-19 from spreading in the hospital?
Our hospital is a safe place for care, and we’re here to treat you. We have protocols and processes in place to keep you safe from health care-associated infections, not only things such as COVID-19 but also other more common infections.

How long should patients with COVID-19 plan to be in the hospital?

Not every patient diagnosed with COVID-19 stays in the hospital overnight. Once a test is conducted – depending on the patient’s health condition – they are either sent home with instruction to self-isolate or stay overnight in the hospital. If the test returns positive for COVID-19, a patient’s course of care will be determined by their health care provider.

Is it safe to visit other friends or family at VCU Medical Center while there are patients with COVID-19 there?

Yes, but we have updated our visitor guidelines. As of March 16, all routine visitation is suspended until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our patients, visitors and employees. For additional details on our visitor policy and to view ongoing updates, visit our COVID-19 visitor page.  

I visited a person with COVID-19 recently. Should I get tested?

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider for medical advice.

How do I get tested?

If you think you have COVID-19, the first step is to call your health care provider for guidance on appropriate testing and care.

Does everyone who tests positive for COVID-19 need hospitalization?

No. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and people can recover at home. If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps outlined here by the CDC.

Should I wear a mask in the hospital?

You should only wear a mask if you have been advised to do so by a health care provider.

Stay up to date with more information about COVID-19 at vcuhealth.org/covid-19.