Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information

For any COVID-19 related questions or concerns, please contact the dedicated VDH hotline number: 1-877-ASK-VDH3. Please do not call the Emergency Department. 

Fauquier Health has moved to a zero-visitor protocol. As of April 1st, the front entrance was reopened to the main lobby for patients receiving outpatient services and for staff. This entrance is open 6:00am-7:00pm Monday-Friday. Outside of those hours, the only entrance will be through the ED. 

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. You can review our new visitor policies as well as our access and community policies, which are also posted around the hospital.

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.

Masks and Face Coverings

Effectively immediately, Fauquier Health requests all patients and approved visitors wear a face mask covering when entering any Fauquier Health system building.  This includes Fauquier Hospital, Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, The Villa at Suffield Meadows, Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center, Fauquier Health Physician Services Practices, Fauquier Health Sleep Center, Fauquier Health Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Fauquier Health Wellness Center.

Patients are encouraged to wear a cloth face mask covering, or a surgical mask if available, to all appointments. Cloth masks may include any of the suggested CDC face coverings - cloth mask, no sew t-shirt mask, bandana, etc.  Please visit this CDC link for more information. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Please see below for locations/services that are currently closed. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community and staff safe!

NEW VISITOR POLICY

Effective April 2, 2020, 6am
  • All visitors must clear negative for illness upon entry into the hospital (also includes staff and physicians)
  • Adult patients will not be allowed visitors at Fauquier Hospital (exceptions may include end of life care and Hospice caregivers)
  • Obstetric inpatients will be allowed one designated support person during their stay; siblings of the newborn are not permitted 
  • Pediatric and ICN patients will be allowed one caregiver during their stay
  • Minors will be allowed one caregiver during their stay

NEW FAUQUIER HEALTH ACCESS AND ENTRANCE POLICY

Effective April 1, 2020, 6am
  • The front main lobby entrance is open to patients receiving outpatient services and staff (Monday-Friday, until 7:00pm)
  • All other patients and visitors will need to enter through the ER entrance
  • All patients and visitors (including staff and physicians) will need to receive required screening for entrance approval into the facility
  • All patients and visitors must meet visitor policy

NEW COMMUNITY POLICY

Effective March 13, 2020, 12pm
  • The Bistro on the Hill will be closed to outside patrons/parties coming in to have a meal (includes Senior Supper attendees and support group meetings)
  • The Bistro on the Hill will only serve to Fauquier Health staff, healthy visitors accompanying patients and patients themselves
  • All external activities held at the Fauquier Health Conference Center rooms are cancelled until further notice

The Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center stopped all visits and outside groups from entering the facility (including church, bingo, flower clubs, etc.) Notifications were sent via email to all families and responsible parties. Additionally, all facility sponsored outings were cancelled to things like the movies, restaurants and shopping areas (excludes medically necessary only appointments). All care plans will be done via telephone and each residents has individually been explained the situation. The Villa at Suffield Meadows has also taking similar precautions. They implemented a no visitor restriction policy.

Location Closures and Hours

Based on the latest guidance, below you will find the listing of temporary closures. Please keep checking our website and Facebook for current updates. 

  • The Gift Shop and Home Care Boutique
  • All Fauquier Health Volunteers have been instructed not to come in until further notice
  • All elective and non-urgent outpatient services at the following locations:
  • Health Information Management (Medical Records) now only available Monday-Friday 8:30-12:30pm. If medical records are needed, it is best you sign up for our eChart so you can access from home. Click here to sign up for eChart
  • Outpatient laboratory draw services located at Fauquier Hospital is open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm.  STAT testing, ordered by a provider, is the only outpatient laboratory draw testing available on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Fauquier Health Physician Services offices are open and are also offering appointments via telehealth.

Resources

Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the Virginia Department of Health who has established a dedicated phone line, 1-877-ASK-VDH3, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.

Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions document to help address the commonly asked questions related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can also refer to our FAQs article, published on March 26th that addresses commonly questions about testing, symptoms, what to do and face masks. 

Public Donations

Fauquier Health is currently accepting the following donations from the public:

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Masks- N95, Isolation and Surgical
  • Surgical & Scrub Caps
  • Masks- handsewn 100% cotton
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Gloves (latex-free)
  • Protective eyewear
  • Touchless thermometers - infrared and temporal
  • Pulse oximeters

Fauquier Health is now accepting donations of homemade (handsewn and 3D printed) masks and surgical/scrub caps.  Any donated homemade masks will be evaluated before distribution to clinicians or patients. Please deliver homemade masks and caps in sealed plastic storage bags.

Homemade masks and surgical/scrub caps should be made of cotton material. 

All donations must be in original, unopened containers/boxes at this time to maintain infection control standards.
 

In an effort to maintain the safety of our staff, we are unable to accept donations of homemade food.  Any donation of food must be commercially prepared or store bought items that are sealed and/or individually wrapped. We kindly ask that you call ahead to schedule food donations.

Donations are greatly appreciated and may be dropped off at Fauquier Hospital loading dock, located at 500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton in the rear of the hospital.  Donations are being accepted 9:00am – 3:00pm Monday through Friday.

Questions from community members may be directed to 540-316-2843(CVID).
Thank you for supporting Fauquier Health staff and your community during this time of need.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID–19)

Fauquier Health is 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 the Fauquier County Health Department and following guidance from 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.

Fauquier Health has taken the following measures to prepare, in accordance with CDC guidelines:

  • Enacted visitation and access restriction guidlelines (referenced above). 
  • Staff, physicians, patients and visitors receive mandatory screening upon entrance into the facility through the main lobby entryway or the ED entrance. 
  • Personal protective equipment is available at each major entrance.
  • Hand hygiene products are easily accessible throughout the facility.
  • Temporarily canceled/postponed all community events held at the Fauquier Health Conference Center. 
  • Closed the Bistro on the Hill to outside patrons. Only staff, EMS, fire, police, healthy visitors and patients are allowed to grab food on the go. 

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. For more information, contact the Fauquier County Health Department or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.

Recommended Precautions

Clean hands are a great frontline defense against the spread of germs and serious infections. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are simple, everyday actions you can take to help prevent spreading germs that cause respiratory viruses. These include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.)

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue immediately into the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Fauquier Health’s staff is making it a priority to ensure good hand hygiene practices are implemented at the hospital and for visitors. We encourage the patients to ask visitors that enter their rooms to clean their hands for their own protection.