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COVID-19

Mary Washington Healthcare facilities are open and safe for patients. We take extra steps to clean our facilities to make them as safe as possible. Our nurses, medical staff, and other associates wear masks inside our facilities, and you will be given a mask if you don't have one already.

We closely follow information and recommendations from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to stay current on confirmed cases and ensure we offer the best care to the people we serve. We also collaborate with other local health organizations, like the Rappahanock Area Health District, to monitor the health of our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is COVID-19 and What Are the Symptoms?

COVID-19 is a viral respiratory infection; symptoms include cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Most patients also experience at least two of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

If you develop any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

I Have Recovered From COVID-19. How Can I Help Others?

As someone who has recovered from COVID-19, you may be in a unique position to help those still suffering. For our sickest patients in the hospital fighting to recover, convalescent plasma treatments have shown promising results. If you are interested in donating plasma, please click below for more information from the American Red Cross.

Donate plasma to the Red Cross

American Red Cross

How Can I Get Tested for COVID-19?

If you are very sick, get medical attention immediately. If you develop one of these symptoms, seek emergency care.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in your chest
  • New confusion or inability to wake up
  • Bluish lips or face

Note there are many other reasons for seeking emergency care. Do not delay care if you are concerned for your safety. If you are unsure what level of care you need, call the Health Link Nurse Line at 540.741.1000 for an assessment and nurse advice.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing at MWHC.

Temperature Checks and Masks

Temperature checks are no longer required at our entrances, but masks are still required due to the high community transmission of COVID-19. Visitors with COVID-19 symptoms are asked to please refrain from visiting. f you are seeking medical care for COVID-19 symptoms, please notify patient reception/registration when you arrive.

If you have questions about COVID-19 or need guidance on where to get tested, please call Mary Washington Healthcare Health Link at 540.741.1100. Follow us on social media for the latest COVID-19 updates.

I Am Having a Medical Emergency. Is It Safe to Come To the ER?

The safest place for you to be in a medical emergency is under the care of skilled clinical and medical personnel. If you are having a medical emergency, such as chest pain or stroke, do not delay care because of fear of COVID-19. Call 911, and the first responders will transport you safely to the hospital.

If you are still unsure if you should come to the emergency room, please call our Health Link nurse advice line from 7:00 a.m.-midnight, 365 days a year. You can reach them at 540.741.1000.

Yo Tengo Un Procedimiento Programado.

Si su médico le ha programado una cirugía o un procedimiento, por favor haga click aquí para ver un listado importante de los pasos que deberá seguir para protegerle a usted y a nuestro personal.

When Will I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone age 5 and over in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Visit vaccinefinder.org or vdh.virginia.gov/rappahannock to find a location near you.

Can I Visit My Loved One in the Hospital or Accompany Them to Their Appointment?

Please click here to see our updated visitation guidelines.

What Should I Do if I Start Feeling Sick?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms but do not require immediate medical attention, it’s recommended you stay at home to recover and prevent the spread of illness. If you have trouble breathing or have flu-like symptoms that do not improve, call your provider before visiting the office or hospital. For the protection of other patients, you will be asked to wear a face mask prior to arriving.

You can also call 540.741.1000 to talk to an MWHC nurse to determine your best level of care based on your symptoms.

What Can I Do to Stay Healthy?

As always, good hygiene and proper handwashing techniques are best practices to keep you and your family healthy.

According to the CDC guidance on handwashing, these five steps will help prevent the spread of germs:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Other ways to stay healthy:

  • If you are feeling ill (fever, cough, shortness of breath), stay at home and avoid close contact with other members of your family.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces with household detergent and water prior to disinfection.
  • Wear a mask when you are in public places.

I Am Pregnant or Breastfeeding. Are My Baby and Me in Danger?

Please visit our COVID-19 pregnancy and breastfeeding page for the most up-to-date guidance and information.

Other COVID-19 Resources

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