The VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System has not encountered anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the agency. The facility is following CDC guidelines for intake precautions.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still considers COVID-19 to be a low threat to the general public, the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System is paying special attention to it.
As part of this process, everyone who enters the VA campus will be pre-screened. This may lengthen entry times, so patients are advised to allow for that when arriving for appointments.
The screening consists of three questions:
1. Do you have a fever or worsening cough, shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms?
2. Have you or a close contact traveled to an area with widespread or sustained community transmission of COVID-19 within 14 days of symptom onset?
3. Have you been in close contact with someone, including health care workers, confirmed to have COVID-19?
Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, individuals known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others.
Veterans and staff are encouraged to take everyday preventive actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home if you are sick or becoming sick.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call the VA before going to the facility.
If a veteran is experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, they are encouraged to call 785-350-3111, ext. 54555, before their visit. Veterans also have virtual care options such as telehealth or My HealtheVet Secure Messaging