Situation Update COVID-19 coronavirus

Situation Update – Jesse Brown VA Medical Center 03/10/2020 08:20 PM EDT

Jesse Brown is coordinating its response to COVID-19 coronavirus with VA/VHA, Center of Disease Control and the Chicago Department of Public Health. Patients who have traveled to impacted countries, who feel they may have been exposed, or have symptoms should call their provider for guidance before arriving at the Jesse Brown (1-888-569-5282). Staff members who have traveled to an impacted country or feel they may have been exposed to the virus should contact Employee Occupational Health at 312-569-7159, prior to returning to work.

**Starting Wednesday, March 11, patients and visitors will be screened for symptoms and travel history upon entry to the Jesse Brown VA main facility and community based outpatient clinics. Please plan to arrive early for appointments. Also visitation to the Jesse Brown VA Community Living Center (CLC) will be restricted**

Know the symptoms

COVID-19 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in humans, usually 2–14 days after exposure. Illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus is thought to spread mainly from close contact with an affected person. It spreads in the air, like flu, through droplets from sneezes and coughs. The droplets can stay suspended in the air for some time and can land on surfaces that are touched by others.

Take precautions to guard against infection

  • Veterans should register for My HealtheVet and learn how to use VA Video Connect through the VA mobile app store or by contacting your VA care team before any urgent problems arise.
  • Keep your hands clean by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home and away from others when sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues or your arm/sleeve.  Dispose of tissues in the trash.
  • Keep surfaces clean using disinfecting wipes
  • Check the CDC advisories prior to planning travel
  • Get Your Flu Shot
  • What You Should do if You Become Sick to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Stay home except to get medical care

  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home; if possible, use a separate bathroom
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask when around others and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. Please note, masks are provided by the VA for individuals exhibiting flu-like symptoms. VA does not provide masks to Veterans or staff for home isolation or quarantine.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily
  • Monitor your symptoms; seek prompt medical attention if your illness is getting worse. Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider for instructions. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify dispatch that you have COVID-19 and put on a facemask.

As always, thank you for entrusting Jesse Brown VA with your healthcare needs.

For more updates, visit the CDC’s webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html 

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