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UVA Health COVID Update: The Bottom Line for February 17, 2022

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COVID at UVA Health: By the Numbers

UVA Health Eases Visitor Restrictions

Get Vaccinated or Boosted

Your best protection against being hospitalized with COVID is getting the vaccine or booster.

Since peaking a couple weeks ago, the number of COVID cases in Charlottesville and hospitalizations due to COVID at UVA Health have decreased.

This week, UVA Health eased visitor restrictions. On UVA hospital and UVA Transitional Care Hospital inpatient units, patients may have one additional visitor from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. We're still not allowing visitors to stay overnight.

At the Emergency Department, outpatient procedure areas, and clinics, patients may also have one additional visitor.

Exceptions include:

Vaccines & Masks Still Our Best Protection Against COVID

While cases are down from their peak, we're still seeing a high level of cases and hospitalizations, according to Kyle Enfield, MD, medical director of the ICU. While the number of hospitalizations dipped in recently weeks, it then plateaued.

Masking and vaccines remain our best options for "making things better for all us," he says.

Right now, people who qualify for a fourth vaccine dose include those who are immunocompromised. If you're immunocompromised, talk with your primary care provider about a fourth dose.

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