Covid at UVA Health: By the Numbers
- 109 patients, including 8 children, hospitalized at UVA Health with COVID
- See Virginia-wide stats from the Virginia Department of Health
What You Need to Know Now: Hospital at Breaking Point
COVID's latest surge has pushed our staff and hospital units to their breaking point. Augusta Health is struggling too. Our hospital beds are filled mostly with COVID-positive patients who are unvaccinated.
"Our healthcare workers are at their breaking point. They need your help," says Wendy Horton, CEO, UVA Medical Center, and Mary Mannix, CEO, Augusta Health. They shared this urgent message in an unprecedented joint statement issued this week to the community.
In Jeopardy: Our Ability to Care For the Community
The CEOs continue: “We ask you to step up right now. Our team members are facing the most serious challenge we’ve seen during this pandemic: the Omicron variant ... This latest surge is putting our ability to care for everyone in the community who needs our help in jeopardy.
"For both of our hospitals, the vast majority of our COVID patients are unvaccinated. This has left our healthcare workers not just exhausted but heartbroken — heartbroken by caring for patients who are dying needlessly.
"We are coming together to ask you, our community members, to do your part and get vaccinated and boosted to show your respect and appreciation for our healthcare workers."
How You Can Help During this Crisis
- Get vaccinated or boosted.
- Visit your PCP or urgent care center for COVID testing and mild COVID-like symptoms.
- When out in public, practice social distancing & wear a mask. Upgrade from cloth to a medical-grade or N95/KN95 mask, if possible.
What We Don't Know: How Many More Will Need the Hospital
Get Vaccinated or Boosted
Our nurses and doctors are overwhelmed with caring for COVID patients who are not vaccinated.
While COVID cases seem to have peaked, the number of people hospitalized with COVID may continue to climb for the next few weeks. At UVA, we've been holding steady with about 117 hospitalized patients but we could reach 120 to 130 patients, says infectious disease specialist Costi Sifri, MD.
Bottom Line: Vaccination — Our Best Hope to End this Crisis
The #1 action you can take is to get vaccinated against COVID and receive your booster shot. Hospitalization rates for people 12 years and older who are not vaccinated are about 10 times higher than for those who are vaccinated.
Free COVID vaccines are proven to be safe and incredibly effective at preventing severe COVID. The booster is not an “extra” bonus shot; it's essential for maximum immunity against all current variants. "Forgoing the vaccination and booster, quite simply, is prolonging this pandemic," the UVA and Augusta hospital CEOs say.
"If everyone in our community who is eligible becomes vaccinated and boosted, it would go a long way toward relieving the crisis our teams are facing daily in our clinics, emergency departments, and inpatient units."
Emergency Department: When to Get Care
In this video, UVA Health's emergency department nurse manager discusses when you should seek emergency care for COVID.