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Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

See here for the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus information.

What is VA doing?

VA has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their families, health care providers, and staff in the face of this emerging health risk. We are working directly with the CDC and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus.

On March 27, VA shared its COVID-19 response plan. This best-practice guide is a valuable tool, which may be useful nationwide for the medical community.

VA has administered over 10,194 COVID-19 tests nationwide, while taking aggressive steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

These measures include outreach to Veterans and staff, clinical screening at VA health care facilities, and protective procedures for patients admitted to community living centers and spinal cord injury units.

What should Veterans do?

Any Veteran with symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility. VA urges Veterans to call before visiting – you can find contact information for your closest VA facility.

Alternatively, Veterans can sign into My HealtheVet to send a secure message to VA or use telehealth options to explain their condition and receive a prompt diagnosis.

Upon arriving at VA, all patients will be screened for flu-like symptoms before they enter in order to protect other patients and staff. A VA health care professional will assist you with next steps once this screening process is complete.

At this time, VA is urging all visitors who do not feel well to please postpone their visits to VA facilities.

How to protect yourself

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 infection and no medication to treat it. CDC believes symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. Avoid exposure and avoid exposing others to an infection with these simple steps.

  • Learn to use VA Video Connect through the VA mobile app store or by contacting your VA care team, before any urgent problems arise.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An easy way to mark the time is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice while scrubbing.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick or becoming sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (not your hands) and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Getting a flu shot is recommended.

VA COVID-19 Cases

Nationally, as of March 28, 2020, VA is tracking the following Veteran patients with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This is a rapidly evolving situation and VA will provide updated information as it becomes available and verified.

778 Positive Veteran Cases

  • Alaska VAHSRO (Anchorage AK): 1 outpatient
  • Alexandria, LA: 1 outpatient
  • Amarillo HCS (Amarillo TX): 1 inpatient
  • Ann Arbor, MI: 4 inpatient
  • Atlanta, GA: 12 inpatient, 34 outpatient
  • Augusta, GA: 2 outpatient
  • Battle Creek, MI: 1 outpatient
  • Bay Pines, FL: 1 outpatient
  • Bedford, MA: 1 outpatient
  • Birmingham, AL: 2 inpatient
  • Boston HCS: 1 inpatient, 3 outpatient
  • Bronx, NY: 5 inpatient, 27 outpatient
  • Butler, PA: 1 outpatient
  • Central Alabama HCS (Montgomery AL): 1 inpatient
  • Central Arkansas HCS (Little Rock AR): 1 inpatient
  • Central California HCS (Fresno CA): 1 outpatient
  • Central Plains HCS (Omaha NE): 1 inpatient, 4 outpatient
  • Central Texas HCS (Temple TX): 1 outpatient
  • Cheyenne WY: 1 inpatient, 3 outpatient
  • Chicago (Westside), IL: 3 inpatient, 20 outpatient
  • Cincinnati, OH: 1 inpatient, 11 outpatient
  • Cleveland, OH: 6 inpatient, 5 outpatient
  • Coatesville, PA: 2 outpatient
  • Columbia, SC: 2 inpatient, 5 outpatient
  • Connecticut HCS (Westhaven): 4 inpatient, 2 outpatient
  • Dayton, OH: 1 outpatient
  • Detroit, MI: 14 inpatient, 15 outpatient
  • Eastern Colorado HCS (Denver CO): 7 inpatient, 27 outpatient
  • Fargo, ND: 1 outpatient
  • Fayetteville, NC: 1 outpatient
  • Greater Los Angeles HCS (Los Angeles CA): 2 inpatient, 2 outpatient
  • Hines, IL: 2 inpatient, 2 outpatient
  • Houston, TX: 1 outpatient
  • Hudson Valley HCS (Castle Point, Montrose): 1 inpatient, 16 outpatient
  • Indianapolis, IN: 7 inpatient, 5 outpatient
  • Jackson, MS: 1 outpatient
  • Lebanon, PA: 2 outpatient
  • Lexington, KY: 1 outpatient
  • Loma Linda, CA: 2 outpatient
  • Long Beach HCS (Long Beach CA): 3 outpatient
  • Louisville, KY: 3 inpatient, 2 outpatient
  • Madison, WI: 1 inpatient, 2 outpatient
  • Martinsburg, WV: 1 inpatient, 1 outpatient
  • Maryland HCS (Baltimore MD): 1 inpatient, 1 outpatient
  • Memphis, TN: 2 outpatient
  • Miami, FL: 1 inpatient, 3 outpatient
  • Milwaukee, WI: 7 inpatient, 11 outpatient
  • Minneapolis, MN: 2 inpatient, 3 outpatient
  • Montana HCS (Fort Harrison MT): 1 outpatient
  • Mountain Home, TN: 5 outpatient
  • Muskogee, OK: 2 outpatient
  • N. Florida/S. Georgia HCS (Gainesville FL): 1 inpatient, 5 outpatient
  • New Jersey HCS (East Orange): 3 inpatient, 7 outpatient
  • New Mexico HCS (Albuquerque NM): 1 outpatient
  • New Orleans, LA: 21 inpatient, 154 outpatient
  • New York HHS (Brooklyn): 14 inpatient, 31 outpatient
  • North Chicago, IL: 1 inpatient, 1 outpatient
  • North Texas HCS (Dallas TX): 1 inpatient
  • Northampton, MA: 1 outpatient
  • Northern Arizona HCS (Prescott AZ): 2 outpatient
  • Northern California HCS (Martinez CA): 6 outpatient
  • Northport, NY: 2 inpatient, 12 outpatient
  • Oklahoma City, OK: 1 outpatient
  • Orlando, FL: 1 inpatient, 13 outpatient
  • Palo Alto HCS (Palo Alto CA): 3 inpatient, 4 outpatient
  • Philadelphia, PA: 4 inpatient, 5 outpatient
  • Phoenix, AZ: 1 inpatient
  • Pittsburgh HCS (Pittsburgh PA): 1 inpatient
  • Portland, OR: 3 outpatient
  • Puget Sound HCS (Seattle WA): 5 inpatient, 17 outpatient
  • Salt Lake City HCS (UT): 1 outpatient
  • San Diego HCS (San Diego CA): 6 outpatient
  • San Francisco, CA: 3 inpatient, 1 outpatient
  • San Juan, PR: 2 inpatient, 21 outpatient
  • Shreveport, LA: 2 inpatient, 6 outpatient
  • Sioux Falls SD: 2 outpatient
  • South Texas HCS (San Antonio TX): 1 outpatient
  • Southern Arizona HCS (Tucson AZ): 1 inpatient, 3 outpatient
  • Southern Nevada HCS (Las Vegas NV): 4 inpatient, 3 outpatient
  • Spokane, WA: 1 outpatient
  • Tampa, FL: 1 outpatient
  • Tennessee Valley HCS (Nashville TN): 1 inpatient, 2 outpatient
  • Togus, ME: 1 outpatient
  • Tomah, WI: 1 outpatient
  • Upstate New York HCS: 4 inpatient, 3 outpatient
  • VA Heartland West (Kansas City MO): 3 inpatient, 4 outpatient
  • Washington DC: 9 inpatient, 19 outpatient
  • White River Junction VT: 2 outpatient

Deaths: 16 (up 7 from yesterday)

Today’s reported deaths include:

A Veteran patient in their 60’s died March 21, 2020 at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center (Bronx) due to complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This case was previously reported as positive in an earlier case count.

A Veteran patient in their 60s died March 25 at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, due to complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This case was previously reported as a positive in an earlier case count.

A Veteran patient in their 90s died March 26, 2020 at the Fargo VAMC due to complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This case was previously reported as positive in an earlier case count.

A Veteran patient in their 60s died March 26 at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center due to complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This case was previously reported as a positive in an earlier case count.

A Veteran patient in their 70s died March 26, 2020 at the San Francisco VAMC due to complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This case was previously reported as presumptive positive in an earlier case count.

A Veteran patient in their 80s died March 27, 2020 at the New York Harbor HCS, Brooklyn campus, due to complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This case was previously reported as positive in an earlier case count.

A Veteran patient in their 80s died March 27, 2020 at the Indianapolis VAMC due to complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This case was previously reported as presumptive positive in an earlier case count.

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