Information for VUMC Employees and Patients

Risk of COVID-19 Infection in Our Region Remains High

We encourage everyone in our region to be cautious as COVID-19 case counts remain are higher than we'd like.

The currently circulating virus seems to result in milder illness for most people that previous strains. That may be because more of us know have some level of immunity from previous infection and vaccinations compared to the early days of the pandemic when most or all of us had little-to-no protection.

That said, many among us remain more vulnerable than others, including the elderly and those whose immune systems are weaker because of illness or treatment for illnesses. Reducing spread can protect those friends, family and neighbors. It can also slow or prevent emergence of new variations of the virus that might be more dangerous. And it can help keep all of us well and able to go to work and school.

We urge everyone to:

  • Make sure you and loved ones are current on recommended COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Take steps to reduce your risk of infection or risk of infecting others, including friends, family, co-workers and neighbors who may be more vulnerable to serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. This includes older people, especially the elderly, and people with underlying health conditions that weaken their immune systems.

Common sense steps to reduce spread of this virus and others that cause flu or colds include:

  • Wearing masks in public, especially in crowds and/or indoors.
  • Washing hands well and often.
  • Keeping distance from others in public settings.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with handkerchiefs or your inner arm/sleeve. 
  • Staying home if you feel sick, especially if you have a fever. 

We also recommend home testing (with clinic follow-up on positive results) if you've had a known exposure before any travel or public gathering and if you feel unwell, especially with a known exposure. This not only helps prevent exposing others but also helps Identify COVID-19 illness soon enough to make current anti-viral treatments more effective.

Because of current infection levels, we require masking in all indoor settings in our locations and campuses.

Updated August 22, 2022