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VA COVID-19 Support of States

As of 5/21/20

VA’s support to individual states varies on a daily basis due to the fluctuation of requirements issued by the state or the facilities we are supporting. The numbers below represent either the request that was initially issued by the requesting government agency, or the rough order of magnitude of the levels of staffing being provided over a given period of time, but may not be exact on a given day. Some entries may be closed, and are indicated as such.

294 staff deployed to Community Nursing Homes (CNH)
330 staff deployed to State Veterans Homes (SVH)
230 staff deployed to other facilities or missions
854 total deployed

[MA] = Mission Assignment

Alabama 15 staff members deployed to the Bill Nichols SVH in Alexander City [FEMA MA]
  • 16 staff members deployed to the Tuba City Regional Healthcare Center [FEMA MA]
  • 15 staff members deployed to Navajo Reservation in Chinle, AZ; Gallup, NM; Shiprock, NM; and Kayenta, AZ [FEMA MA]
  • 2 staff members deployed to Indian Health Service
  • 3 Readjustment Counseling staff members deployed to Phoenix
Arkansas 1,214 tests performed for Arkansas Department of Health
California 24 staff supporting Community Nursing Home in Pasadena, Sylmar, and Chatsworth [FEMA MA]
Colorado 2 staff members deployed to Valley Manor, Canyon Lands, and Mesa Manor CNH
2 Readjustment Counseling staff members deployed
Connecticut 3 staff members deployed to New Haven for homeless outreach [FEMA MA]
Delaware 18 staff members deployed to support Delaware Dept of Public Health [FEMA MA]
Florida 138 personnel deployed to support CNHs and 12 deployed to support SVHs [FEMA MA]:
  • Blountstown Health and Rehab
  • Pointe West
  • Lake Placid Health
  • Bristol of Tampa
  • Brandywyne
  • Signature Healthcare of Jacksonville
  • Terraces of St. Cloud
  • Alexander Nininger State Veterans Home
  • The Glades
  • St. Petersburg Nursing and Rehab
  • Tarpon Point Nursing and Rehab
Idaho Providing support to state lab, 112 tests to SVHs [FEMA MA]
Illinois 45 Medical/Surgical beds and 15 ICU beds provided at Hines VAMC [FEMA MA]
Up to 60 skilled nursing home beds provided at Hines VAMC or Lovell VAMC [FEMA MA]
Iowa 47 staff (RN (4), LPN (16), NA (27) over 3 shifts) deployed to Marshalltown SVH [FEMA MA]
Kansas Delivered 4 high-acuity mechanical ventilators for support of inpatients at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, KS [FEMA MA Completed 5/18/20]
Kentucky 25 nurses/techs deployed to SVHs
Louisiana 7 personnel, supporting supplies and testing of a grant per diem recipient organization's staff
VA tasked to provide up to 16 Med/Surg and 2 ICU Beds in Shreveport [FEMA MA Completed 5/8/20]
Maryland 2 nurses deployed to a New Jersey SVH
Massachusetts 13 nurses/techs deployed to CNH
Support provided to Chelsea Soldier’s Home, including 46 inpatient admissions and infection control consultation [FEMA MA Completed 4/9/20],
Michigan Provided one 53’ Mobile Pharmacy Unit with 24 hour operations capability to the City of Detroit. [FEMA MA Completed 5/18/20]
1 tech/12 hour shift deployed to support state with Mobile Pharmacy Unit
35 Med/Surgical and 15 ICU beds provided at Ann Arbor/Detroit VAMC [FEMA MA]
Minnesota Up to 50 RN/LPN personnel to provide short-term direct patient care at Long Term Care facilities. This was approved 5/17 so personnel are just starting to mobilize. [FEMA MA]
Mississippi 9 nurses pending deployment to SVH
Montana 1 nurse deployed to IHS Navajo Nation
Nebraska 1 deployed to support State laboratory with VA equipment
Nevada 6 lab techs deployed to support State laboratory [FEMA MA]
New Jersey 102 deployed to SVH, 12 deployed to CNH [FEMA MA]
  • Five 10-person strike teams: NP (1) RN (3) LPN (2) NA (4) to Long Term Care Facilities
  • Paramus and Menlo Park: State Veteran Home Support up to 60 RN/LPN and 30 NA / day
4 LCSWs to support outreach [FEMA MA]
5 ICU and 15 Med/Surgical beds provided at East Orange VAMC
New Hampshire 13 nurses or techs deployed to CNH
New York Provided 15 ICU beds and 35 Med/Surgical beds at Brooklyn and Manhattan VAMCs
North Carolina
  • 21 nurses/techs deployed to CNH, 21 deployed to SVH (Kingston State Veterans Home, Longleaf Neuro-Medical Skilled Nursing Home), 5 staff deployed to Salisbury SVH [FEMA MA]
  • 32 nurses/techs and 2 infectious disease reps deployed to provide Respiratory Protection/Fit Testing in accordance with current State Veterans Home policies by Fayetteville Industrial Hygiene to three SVH staff that included infection Prevention/Control SVH staff. SVH requested COVID-19 specific Don/Doffing training from Fayetteville VAMC & sharing of Fayetteville VAMC COVID-19 protocols/processes for SVH review-modification-implementation.
Oklahoma 2 deployed to support IHS Navajo Nation
Oregon 2 staff deployed to other (1 deployed to Mercy Medical Center)
Staff supporting decontamination of 50 filtered masks/daily in Roseburg [FEMA MA]
5 ICU beds and 25 Med/Surg beds provided to Portland [FEMA MA]
Pennsylvania 20 staff deployed to SVH, 2 to CNH [FEMA MA]
Rhode Island Providing 12 CNAs to support SVH (ongoing) [FEMA MA]
Provided 6 RN and 9 CNAs to Group Home [FEMA MA Completed 5/20/20]
South Dakota 1 staff supporting Mobile Vet Center
Tennessee 61 staff supporting CNH
Texas 46 nurses/techs (13 to SVH and 33 to CNH) staff supporting Silver Tree Nursing and Rehabilitation
25 nurses and lab techs supporting supply and testing of SVHs. [FEMA MA]
Virginia 2 staff supporting SE Pennsylvania State Veterans Home
5 staff supporting New Orleans, LA (2 to CNH, 2 to SVH, 1 to Louisiana facilities).
Washington 25 staff supporting Spokane State Veterans Home
5 ICU beds and25 Med/Surgical beds provided to Spokane [FEMA MA]
Wisconsin 4 staff supporting SVH testing (FEMA MA)
2 Respiratory Technicians and 2 Pharmacists supporting Wisconsin Alternate Care Site [FEMA MA]
Washington DC 8 staff supporting Charlotte SVH, North Carolina.
National National Acquisition Center supported FEMA in receiving, processing and responding to requests for the 10 FEMA Regions for delivery of pharmaceuticals [FEMA MA completed 4/14/20]
VA personnel deployed to the FEMA National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) and Regional Response Coordination Centers (RRCC) as needed at the request of FEMA to ensure proper coordination and collaboration with national response.

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