Manchester Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center has taken steps to intensify its COVID-19 response - VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire
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VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Manchester Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center has taken steps to intensify its COVID-19 response

March 22, 2020

MANCHESTER, N.H. –Manchester Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center has taken steps to intensify its COVID-19 response efforts.

Beginning March 23th, all Veterans arriving on campus will be screened in their vehicles.  Veterans should use the Main Eagle Entrance to access our single-source drive thru screening entrance.  Signage and staff will support parking and access, once Veterans are screened and deemed asymptomatic, will be made through the Mountain Entrance. Visitors at the Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Conway, Somersworth and Tilton are screened at the entrance.  Testing for COVID-19 does not take place at any of these locations.  Anyone who is ill should call the medical center before coming in at 800-892-8384 x 3199. 

“We have taken steps to limit on-site traffic by converting a large portion of our care delivery from face to face to virtual care.  Staff and Veterans have been using connected care technologies like VA Video Connect, My HealtheVet and even the phone,”  said Kevin Forrest, Interim Director, Manchester VA Medical Center.  “Veterans and providers alike have reported success and value the opportunity to eliminate the risk of unnecessary exposure to the Coronavirus.”  

Medical Center visitation restrictions were instituted on March 2, 2020.  Anyone under the age of 18, including infants are being restricted from all of Manchester VA Medical Center’s locations until further notice.   We are asking anyone who feels ill to call and speak with a provider before visiting the medical center at 800-892-8384 x 3199.  Restricting visitation reduces the risk of Coronavirus exposure to our staff and most vulnerable Veteran nursing home population as well as those Veterans who require in-person medical care.  Veterans who are experiencing a life-threatening emergency should dial 911. 

Veterans and staff are encouraged 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% alcohol.
If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call the VA before going to the facility.

More information for Veterans is here: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72615/vas-recommendations-help-slow-covid-19-virus/

For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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