COVID-19 Vaccine Effort
Clinch Valley Health strongly encourages everyone 12 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which has proven to be safe and highly effective in controlling the spread of COVID-19. https://vaccinefinder.org/ shows all local pharmacies, walk-in clinics, etc., that are currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine. You can choose a location, date, and time that is convenient for you and book directly from the site.
First and foremost, visitation guidelines may be revised at the discretion of hospital staff. At Clinch Valley Health, our top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community. We continue to closely monitor the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and follow state and federal guidance as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients. Effective September 3, 2021 we are updating our visitor policy as follows:
One visitor per day per patient between the hours of 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. All visitors are required to wear a mask while in the facility and encouraged to perform hand hygiene. No visitation for COVID-19 patients unless it is an end-of-life situation.
One visitor per patient at the discretion of the Emergency Department staff. No visitation for COVID-19 patients unless it is an end-of-life situation.
Intensive Care Unit:
One visitor over the age of 18 per day per patient between the hours of 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Visitors must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine or proof of COVID-19 infection within the last 6 months. Visitors will also be required to wear a gown, gloves and a mask. No visitation for COVID-19 patients unless it is an end-of-life situation.
Skilled Nursing Unit:
Visitation is Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
No visitation for COVID-19 patients unless it is an end-of-life situation.
Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation as we work to maintain a safe environment for our patients and team.
Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments. Our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond. We continue to work closely with the local health department and the Virginia Department of Health. Any questions regarding the testing process should be referred directly to our partners at the health department.
COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment
To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.
For more information on the virus, please contact the Virginia Department of Health.
Important Things to Remember:
- Visitors must wear a mask at all times, even in private patient room.
- All external activities and meetings held in the classrooms and conference rooms are cancelled until further notice.
Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Tazewell County Health Department
- Virginia Department of Health
A Message to the Community
The clinical teams at Clinch Valley Health are trained on the proper procedures and protocols to minimize the risk of spreading any infectious disease, including COVID-19. If we have any reason to believe a patient may have the coronavirus, our providers immediately implement the appropriate infection control measures in accordance with CDC guidelines. These include masking and isolating the patient, donning personal protective equipment (PPE) – inclusive of an N95 respirator mask, eye protection, gown and gloves – and ensuring environmental hygiene.
We here at Clinch Valley Health are committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers, and visitors. We are continuing to work closely with our local health departments, following guidance from the Virginia Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in our community contract or be exposed to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19). Additionally, we are reviewing our facility’s robust emergency operations plan and proactively completing a number of preparation checklists out of an abundance of caution.
We have taken the following measures to prepare, in accordance with CDC guidelines:
- Patients in the Emergency Department and inpatient units are screened based on symptoms.
- Personal protective equipment is available, including face masks and eye protection, for example.
- Hand hygiene products are easily accessible throughout the facility.
Importantly, all of the above are standard operating protocols that are in place year-round to help ensure the health and well-being of everyone who enters our hospital.
We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus.
Information updated September 3, 2021.