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VHA implements COVID-19 health protection levels to enhance safety of Veterans, visitors, and employees

PRESS RELEASE

May 24, 2022

BEDFORD , MA — Today, VA Bedford Healthcare System is implementing COVID-19 Health Protection Levels as part of VA’s consistent, nationwide approach for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities to adjust COVID-19 safety protocols locally as needed.

The three VHA COVID-19 Health Protection Levels – low, medium, and high – align with the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention's Community Transmission levels, which are based on new COVID cases and percentage of positive tests.

Starting this week, VA Bedford HCS is at level High. The VHA COVID-19 Health Protection Level will be updated as needed on Mondays.

Masks are required regardless of the level, but requirements for self-screening, visitation, and physical distancing vary:

Low:

  1. Masks are required
  2. Self-screening is required
  3. Visitors are welcome
  4. Physical distancing is not required

Medium:

  1. Masks are required
  2. Self-screening is required
  3. Care partner welcome only
  4. Physical distancing is not required

High:

  1. Masks are required
  2. Self-screening is required
  3. Care team-approved visitors only
  4. Physical distancing is required

Please visit the location page of the clinic or hospital of your care location at www.va.gov/bedford-health-care/ for current protection levels before your next visit. Patients or visitors heading to a VA facility in another VA Healthcare System should check with that health facility to determine its VHA COVID-19 Health Protection Level.

Visit www.va.gov/coronavirus-veteran-frequently-asked-questions/ for questions and answers regarding the VHA COVID-19 Health Protection Levels.

Media contacts

Kat Bailey, Public affairs officer, webmaster

781-687-4988

vhabedpublicaffairs@va.gov

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