Facility access procedures
If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, send us a secure message or call first before coming in. This will help us prepare for thebest next steps in your care. We want to ensure you get the care you need while keeping you as safe as possible.
If you’re headed to your VA medical center for an appointment, please leave home earlier than usual. All VA health facilities are conducting health screenings at every entrance.
VA has safeguards in place to protect nursing home and spinal cord injury/disease patients, who are among our most vulnerable Veterans. https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5400
With coronavirus it’s safest to stay home except for urgent medical need. If you have an upcoming appointment, call or send a secure message to your care team first to see if your visit can be held via phone or video. If your symptoms are severe, call 911. https://www.va.gov/coronavirus/
Remote clinical tools
VA is changing to phone or video visits instead of in-person visits for most routine appointments. You can reduce the spread of illness by using My HealtheVet for secure messaging and VA Telehealth for remote video visits from your home. https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72615/vas-recommendations-help-slow-covid-19-virus/
The doctor can see you now ... on your computer or mobile device. With VA Video Connect, use your phone, computer or tablet to communicate with your VA provider over a secure video connection.
VA coronavirus website
A big “thanks” to our #VA volunteers on the ground who are helping as VA joins other U.S. government agencies in a coordinated response to coronavirus. For the latest updates, visit www.va.gov/coronavirus/.
#VA tips to help prevent infection:
Use hand sanitizer
Get flu shot
Don’t touch your face
Avoid contact w/ sick people
Stay home if you’re sick
Only ill people should wear a mask
CDC says the best way to prevent coronavirus is to avoid being exposed to it. Take these steps to protect yourself.
Coronavirus spreads mainly through close contact with others who are within 6 feet and through droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes. Take these steps to protect yourself.
New VAntage Point blog for 3/18/2020
Coronavirus can spread not only illness, but stress and anxiety, too. If you’re feeling uncertain or fearful, see these practical steps you can take to improve your well-being.