White River Junction VA Medical Center implements COVID-19 safety precautions for employees, patients and visitors

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White River Junction VA Medical Center implements COVID-19 safety precautions for employees, patients and visitors

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 1:35pm -- Gabriella.March...

Vermont Business Magazine With the increased numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire and Vermont, White River Junction VA Healthcare System will be limiting access points to their facilities.

“Keeping your safety and health in mind, starting tomorrow, March 10th, we will implement restricted access and screening at the entrances of our facilities,” explains Brett Rusch MD, Executive Director of the White River Junction VA.

Veterans and essential visitors will only be able to enter through the main entrance of Mountains Building. Staff will be able to enter through the Mountains Building main entrance and the staff entrance at the rear of the Birches building. It is recommended that only essential visitors/caregivers accompany Veterans to their appointments as well as no one under the age of 18.

Veterans enrolled for VA care who believe they have symptoms of COVID-19, flu or colds (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) are asked to contact their local facility remotely before visiting to determine appropriate healthcare options, which may include virtual care. Veteran patients with symptoms should call the patient care line prior to coming in at 802-295-9363 extension 6364.

The White River Junction VA leadership’s main goals are to protect uninfected patients and staff and to limit the spread of COVID-19 transmission.  

The most important thing anyone can do is prevent the spread of any illness by continuing to:

• Sanitize your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaners

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze—throw it away immediately after you use it

• Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue

• Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth—germs often spread this way

• If you are ill, stay home and if needed call your doctor

Please visit the CDC website and the VA Public Health page for the latest information on COVID-19. We continue to update our Current Operational Status Hotline at extension 2111 with pertinent information.