COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) - VA Northern California Health Care System
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)

 

VA Northern California Health Care System (VA NorCal) is preparing to serve Veterans diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus disease).  At this time, no known COVID-19 positive patients have arrived at any of our VA NorCal sites. That said, our health care system is preparing in the event we do receive Veteran patients with COVID-19 symptoms who are seeking quality care. Executive leadership will provide notification to our staff, Veterans, and Veteran Support Organizations should the Sacramento VA Medical Center or our outpatient clinics receive patients with COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Information Update & Guidance

  • The VA NorCal Incident Command team is meeting regularly each day for advanced preparation, planning, and coordination with other health care and public health agencies.
  • We presently have protocols in place for the Sacramento VA Medical Center Emergency Department and our Community-Based Outpatient Clinics to ensure VA NorCal staff respond appropriately to a person with COVID-19 symptoms, including the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment and techniques.
  • Each VA NorCal site is holding COVID-19 table-top exercises and other training scenarios to rehearse and improve our response.
  • We are regularly updating the VA NorCal public-facing website with the latest COVID-19 materials and guidance, as well as our Facebook and Twitter sites.
  • Signage is on display at each site providing guidance to patients who suspect they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Veterans and staff are encouraged to take every day preventative actions to avoid being exposed to the virus or other flu-like illnesses:
    • Stay home if you are sick or becoming sick (Veterans with appointments who have flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms, call your VA NorCal provider for guidance).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.    
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Additional Helpful Resources  

https://www.publichealth.va.gov/infectiondontpassiton/index.asp

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html