Following the conformation of a case of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, at Sovah Health in Danville, Sovah Health said they are "committed to protecting the health and safety" of everyone who walks through their doors. 

The patient who tested positive for novel coronavirus is currently being held in isolation at their facility. 

"We are continuing to work closely with the Pittsylvania/Danville Health District and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of our patients, the clinical teams who have been caring for this patient and all those within our facility," the statement said.

According to the statement, the hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond, as they have been preparing for the potential of COVID-19 in the community for several weeks.

The hospital will be moving to a zero-visitor protocol at both campuses effective immediately on March 22. Exceptions to this protocol may include pediatric patients, obstetric patients and those receiving end-of-life care. 

The hospital has already limited entry, with everyone entering the hospital using the emergency department or main entrance for access. Per CDC guidelines, those entering the facilities will be screened for respiratory symptoms and travel history.

"We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care. We stand ready to serve you," the statement said. 

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