VA to start reintroducing services

John Richmeier
Courtesy: Leavenworth County Health Department

Updated at 8:58 a.m. June 11, 2020, to include information about the Leavenworth VA hospital.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Kansas Health Care System will begin a phased approach to reintroduce services at the VA hospital in Leavenworth and other facilities as COVID-19 cases continue to decline, according to a news release.

This plan includes a 25% increase in face-to-face visits for patients beginning next week and an additional increase two weeks later.

“Hard work and dedication from many team members across the organization has occurred to prepare us for upcoming changes and these increases to care will allow us to verify how COVID-19 is impacting our Veterans and VAEKHCS operations," Rudy Klopfer, director and CEO of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, said in a news release.

The VA Eastern KS Health Care System operates hospitals in Leavenworth and Topeka and several smaller clinics. The system has completed about 1,200 COVID-19 tests. These tests have resulted in eight positive cases among staff members and 25 cases among patients. Most of these people already have recovered.

The CVS Pharmacy in Leavenworth will open a drive-through COVID-19 test site on Friday, according to a news release from CVS.

The site, located at 390 Limit St., will utilize self-swab tests.

Tests will be made available to people who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria as well as state and age guidelines. People must register in advance at to schedule an appointment. People will be able to register beginning Friday.

Patients will be required to stay in their vehicles. They will be directed to the pharmacy’s drive-through window, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, according to the news release.

The Leavenworth County Health Department reported no new COVID-19 cases in the county on Wednesday.

This was the second day in a row that no new cases were reported in the county.

A total of 1,103 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county since the beginning of the pandemic. That number includes 835 cases involving inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility and 67 cases involving inmates and staff at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.

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