Local Employer COVID-19 Screening Guidance
Amid COVID-19, many employers are concerned about employees reporting to work and what the appropriate screening guidelines should be. Sovah Health is completely aligned with the local and state Health Department as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. As a local member of our community, we want to provide additional guidance to help you navigate  the proper screening methods for your employees and  where they should report should they have symptoms and need additional services.
If your employee answers NO, then at your discretion, you can allow them to report to work.
If your employee answers YES, then they should report to their primary care provider for
additional testing. Before visiting the healthcare provider, please call ahead to alert them that someone is experiencing mild symptoms related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing mild symptoms should stay home except to receive medical care and treat symptoms as appropriate. This includes rest, plenty of fluids and over-the-counter medications. They should also separate themselves from other people and animals in the home.
If your employee answers YES AND is experiencing severe respiratory symptoms such as
chest pain or shortness of breath, please call 911 and report to the local emergency room. In this case, the employer needs to alert the dispatch agent that the emergency is related to possible COVID-19 symptoms.
We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams at Sovah Health are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus.
NEW Visitor Restrictions & Screening Guidelines
In accordance with guidance from the Virginia Department of Health [VDH] and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], and with the health and safety of our patients, families, employees and community in mind, Sovah Health is implementing enhanced visitor restrictions and new screening guidelines, effective Sunday, March 15, as follows:
Reduced Entry Points: We have limited access to two points of entry for patients
- Danville: Main Entrance & Emergency Department
- Martinsville: Main Entrance & Emergency Department
Screening Guidelines: Our hospitals and clinics have begun screening all individuals
who enter our facilities, per CDC guidelines – including patients, visitors and staff –
based on potential respiratory symptoms and travel history. Our available entry
points [listed above] are now manned with staff to perform screenings.
Updated Visitor Restrictions: Out of an abundance of caution until further notice,
we are allowing only ONE  WELL visitor at a time per patient.
- All visitors should be 16 and older.
- Exceptions will be made for end-of-life and pediatric patients.
- Visitors will not be allowed to wait in the lobby area.
Visiting hours may change as the situation evolves.
Signage is being posted around the facilities notifying visitors and the community of these new restrictions and guidelines.
Though Sovah Health has not yet had a positive case of COVID-19, these restrictions are
For more information, please contact Leanne Roller or Kelli Clay: