A Veteran inpatient presumptively tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) March 4 at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. The facility is awaiting confirmatory results from the Centers for Disease Control, which takes up to 48 hours.
The risk of transmission to other patients and staff remains low, as the Veteran is being cared for in isolation by staff who are specially trained on the latest Centers for Disease Control treatment guidelines and utilizing personal protective equipment and infection control techniques.
The VA is continuing normal operations and there are no closures or cancellations of appointments at our facilities due to this event. However, out of an abundance of caution, VASNHS is currently screening all Veterans, staff and other visitors at the entrances to all our facilities for symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Individuals found to be at potential risk for a COVID-19 infection will be immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others and cared for using established CDC and VA protocols.
Veterans, who have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, should call us at 702-791-9000 (Press Option 3) or 877-252-4866 before they visit the VA medical center or local VA clinic. In addition to calling first, consider using virtual care options such as telehealth or My HealtheVet Secure Messaging.
Visitors, if you do not feel well, please postpone your visit.
Veterans and the public are encouraged to take every day preventative 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.
For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or read VA’s latest information on the new coronavirus at https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/
- Symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath can be caused by the flu and the common cold as well as COVID-19. At this time, the flu presents a greater risk in the United States than COVID-19, however, that could change if COVID-19 starts circulating widely. VA encourages everyone to get a flu shot if they have not yet received one to protect against flu and to help minimize demand on health care services.
- There is not yet a vaccine or medication to treat COVID-19. The best way to prevent an infection is to avoid being exposed in the first place by taking everyday preventive actions.
- Anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness should avoid visiting the medical center except to receive care. Visitors who display respiratory symptoms, should request a mask, wash hands with soap and water or sanitizer, and postpone their visit until they are symptom-free.
- Stay informed of the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit VA’s Public Health Website to learn how to protect against an infection and when to seek care. Monitor the number and location of confirmed COVID-19 cases within the United States at CDC’s COVID-19 Website.