VANWIHCS BEGINNING NEW OUTDOOR SCREENING AT OMAHA VA MEDICAL CENTER - VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
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VANWIHCS BEGINNING NEW OUTDOOR SCREENING AT OMAHA VA MEDICAL CENTER

March 30, 2020

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Veterans Health Administration
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

Office of Public Affairs, 4101 Woolworth Avenue Omaha, NE 68105
(402) 995-4719/3775

NEWS RELEASE

VA NEBRASKA-WESTERN IOWA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BEGINNING NEW OUTDOOR SCREENING AT OMAHA VA MEDICAL CENTERS, TUESDAY, MARCH 31

Released by Kevin Hynes

March 30, 2020 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OMAHA, Neb. – To minimize risk for employees and Veterans, everyone who enters the Omaha VA medical center campus will be pre-screened in an outdoor location beginning tomor-row, March 31. This may lengthen entry times, so patients are advised to allow for that when arriving for their appointments.
The facility is also starting an outdoor pharmacy lane tomorrow for those Veterans need-ing to fill prescriptions as well as moving its outpatient laboratory draw to Building 8, which is located next to the Omaha VAMC exit off of Center Street.
Veterans will also be screened prior to entering the Omaha VAMC. The screening consists of the following three questions:

• Do you currently have any of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 or over, new or worsening cough or shortness of breath, sore throat, stuffy nose, or other flu-like symp-toms?
• Have you been contacted by the Public Health Department that you may be at risk for exposure to COVID-19?
• Have you been in close contact with someone, including a healthcare worker, confirmed to have the COVID-19?

Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, patients known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infec-tion are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others. Veterans and staff are en-couraged 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 percent alcohol.
If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call the VA before going to the facility. Veterans who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19, flu or cold should contact us at 402-346-8800 before coming to their appointment. Clinical staff are available to provide 24/7 virtual care and support, including nurse advice and triage. This service is available at no cost to Veterans enrolled for VA health care.
Additionally, information about the safeguards put in place to protect nursing home and spinal cord injury patients is here: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5400. More information for Veterans is here: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72615/vas-recommen-dations-help-slow-covid-19-virus/ For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.