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Centra to screen visitors, patients before entry

Centra announced Saturday, March 14, that it is restricting entry points to its hospitals effective immediately, including Centra Southside Community Hospital in Farmville.

“We are taking these measures to promptly identify and isolate any potential cases and to ensure a safe clinical environment because our community and caregiver’s peace of mind is important,” officials stated in the release. “Hospital visitors and patients can expect to be asked screening questions prior to entering Centra facilities. This may result in lines forming. We will conduct screenings as quickly as possible and ask patients to please allow extra time to get to their appointments.”

These access limitations are in effect until further notice. 

For Centra Southside Community Hospital, there are three entry points — the emergency department entrance, the main entrance and urology/oncology/neurology where patients will be able to enter through the 1927 building entrance.

The main entrance will be open from 6 a.m.-5 p.m., with the remaining two entry points open during regular business hours Monday-Friday. After 5:00 p.m. and weekends, the only entrance will be through the emergency department.

Centra officials concluded the release by stating that future advisories will be forthcoming as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, as Centra implements additional initiatives to protect patients and caregivers and as the Virginia Department of Health requests.