In recent weeks. Centra have been constantly monitoring the community spread of COVID-19 and responding as necessary to reduce the risks of transmission.

Effective Friday, March 19, all Centra Hospitals will allow two visitors per inpatient adult for non-COVID-19 patients and patients in the Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby Units. To further clarify, Centra will allow visitors to take turns, but will require two at a time. Professional doulas and members of the clergy are recognized members of the care team and are not included in the visitor count.

Visitors for the Emergency Room and procedural areas will remain restricted to one visitor per patient due to space constraints.

All visitors:

• Must be 18 years of age or older

• Will only be allowed if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)

• Will be screened each time they enter and will be asked a series of questions and have their temperature checked

• Must wear a mask while in any Centra building

• Should limit going in and out of care areas and buildings

• Will be expected to practice social distancing

• Should remain in patient rooms since congregate waiting rooms remain closed with the exception of designated waiting areas for the operating room, interventional radiology and the catherization lab.

Visitation hours will be from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. daily; exceptions include the Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby, and end of life patients.

The following areas will remain restricted:

• COVID units (unless end of life care)

• The Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center (due to highly compromised immune systems)

• Adult and Geriatric Psychiatric Units at Virginia Baptist Hospital

Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (Guggenheimer, The Summit, Oakwood Health and Rehab, and Fairmont Crossing) will continue indoor and outdoor visitation as follows:

• Designated locations

• By appointment

• No more than two visitors per resident

• No children or pets 

• Visitors will continue to be screened for symptoms of COVID 

For more information, contact: Diane Ludwig, vice president and Centra spokesperson, Communications, Marketing & Public Relations at or 434-401-7390.

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