Durham VA to screen veterans, employees before entering clinics amid coronavirus outbreak

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Saturday, March 7, 2020
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To prevent the spread of coronavirus, Fayetteville VA NC Coastal Health Care System will begin to screen visitors before entering any of their facilities in Southeastern North Caro

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- To prevent and stop the spread of coronavirus, Durham VA facilities will begin to screen veterans, employees and visitors before entering any of their facilities.

Volunteers and contractors will also be screened before entering the facility.

The featured video is from a previous story about Southeastern NC VA facilities.

Unless needed, patients are asked to not bring visitors to appointments.

Southeastern NC VA facilities screening veterans, personnel for coronavirus before entering clinics

In the meantime, hospitals are directing veterans to do the following:

  • If veterans are experiencing acute respiratory symptoms, call 911 and contact your VA provider within 72 hours of emergency admission.
  • If Veterans have symptoms of coronavirus such as fever with cough or shortness of breath, please stay home and contact your primary care team or the Clinical Contact Center at (1-800) 771-6106 and press 2 before coming to a VA facility. Clinical staff is available to provide 24/7 virtual care and support, including nurse advice and triage.
  • Veterans who have traveled to a foreign country in the last 14 days or have been in direct contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, call (1-800) 771-6106 and press 2 BEFORE coming to the clinic, even if symptoms are not present.
  • Unless needed, the hospital is asking patients not to bring visitors to appointments.

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