COVID-19 Screening Processes Implemented - Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center
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Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center

 

COVID-19 Screening Processes Implemented

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The procedures are being put into place for the health and safety of all.

By Linda Wondra, Public Affairs
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Caring for our nation’s Veterans is the utmost priority for Veterans Affairs. And know that staff at all Walla Walla VA Medical Center & Clinics’ locations are ready to provide for the healthcare needs of Veterans, especially during this COVID-19 period.

Effective today, March 19 on the Walla Walla VA campus (77 Wainwright Drive, Walla Walla, WA), Veterans and visitors will be screened at the tent in front of Bldg. 143 (the outpatient clinic) before entering clinical buildings. Note at the current time, children 12 and under are not allowed in any of Walla Walla VA’s clinical buildings. These processes has been put into place for the health and safety of everyone in order to minimize the spread of the virus.

Please plan to arrive early for your scheduled appointment – primary/specialty care, optometry, audiology, dental – and proceed to Walla Walla VA’s Bldg. 143 to be screened; the tent is located right next to the main entrance. Once cleared, a Veteran will receive a colored piece of paper with current appointment information on it to provide clearance for entry to a building. Screening is also underway at all of Walla Walla VA’s outlying clinics; please be sure to follow the posted guidelines at each of these locations.

We welcome you for your scheduled appointments. We encourage you to call your VA clinic ahead of time if you have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Be sure to ask about virtual care appointment options like VA Video Connect, telehealth, or telephone care. You can also communicate via secure messaging with your primary care team via My HealtheVet for non-emergent needs or questions. Don’t have it? Get signed up at www.myhealth.va.gov. If you need help, be sure to contact Walla Walla VA’s My HealtheVet Coordinator at 509.525.5200, ext. 26464.

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Be sure to wash your hands often to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Stay informed about COVID-19 updates at these two locations:

You can also stay connected with the Walla Walla VA. Receive updated messages and situation updates placed on Walla Walla VA’s external website by subscribing for email updates at www.wallawalla.va.gov (right hand side underneath the social media icons). And be sure to follow the Walla Walla VA on their social media pages:

Do your part to stay healthy. “Do the 5” to help stop the spread of COVID-19 (and the flu or a cold):

  1. Wash hands often (with soap & water for 20 seconds).
  2. Cough into your elbow.
  3. Don’t touch your face (eyes, nose and mouth).
  4. Stay more than 3 feet from others.
  5. Feeling sick? Stay home!


Other tips include using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Practicing frequent good hand hygiene (hand sanitizer and hand washing) – along with social distancing – can go a long way in preventing the spread of the virus. Last, but not least, don’t forget to get the flu shot! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  

The Walla Walla VA stands ready to keep you healthy. How can we help?


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