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COVID-19 Operational Status Update

Coronavirus update at Clarksburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Effective Monday, January 10, 2022, the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, will implement limited face to face routine outpatient services for Primary Care, Specialty and Mental Health.

We are here to ensure we meet the Veterans needs in a safe environment. 

As we move forward, the following processes are being put into effect:

  • Veterans may be contacted ahead of their face to face appointment to be screened for COVID-19 related symptoms such as fever, cough or muscle aches. If any of these are present, the care team will determine how best to deliver the necessary care.
  • Patients will be screened for COVID-19 related symptoms prior to entry into the clinic.
  • All who enter the facility are required to wear a mask. Cloth or homemade masks are prohibited.  If you do not have an appropriate mask, one will be provided to you. 
  •  The clinic will provide a mask to Veterans who do not have one available to them.
  • Be aware that wearing a mask does not replace the practice of hand hygiene and every day preventative actions to avoid exposure to the virus such as physical distancing.
  • 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 70% alcohol.
  • Visitors will be allowed to enter the facility on a limited basis.  If the Veteran has mobility issues or needs a caregiver, one visitor may be authorized to enter.  Visitor restrictions for inpatient services will remain intact, until further notice. 
  • We are encouraging physical distancing when possible and are taking the necessary steps to ensure the environment is conducive to spacing requirements.

Please call your healthcare provider if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

We continue to monitor COVID-19 activity in the local community and the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing supplies to determine when we can safely expand services further.

Face-to-face healthcare services are in addition to the expanded virtual healthcare services that are currently being offered by the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center and its community-based outpatient clinics. Virtual healthcare services, via Video on Demand or telephone, are readily available and, when appropriate, may be preferred to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. For more information about VA’s Connected Care technologies, visit connectedcare.va.gov or contact your local VA provider.

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