NLV VA Hospital Staffers Under Home Quarantine

Were Exposed To Patient Who Tested Positive For Coronavirus

Mitch Kelly
March 10, 2020 - 5:56 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - An unknown number of staffers at the Veterans' Hospital in North Las Vegas are on home quarantine status after coming into contact with a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus.

A statement released by the V.A. reads, 

"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"

To read more about how the V.A. is working with the C.D.C., click here.