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COVID-19 Updates

Dear VA San Diego Veterans: Dear VA San Diego Veterans: We want to provide you with the latest information to keep you well and use our resources wisely for our veteran patients.

Testing

We offer limited COVID-19 tests for VA patients. We follow 

 the CDC and California Department of Public Health guidelines to ensure testing supply is reserved for those who need it most.

We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to call 2-1-1 or visit coronavirus-sd.com/testing to explore additional testing options offered through the county of San Diego.

Symptoms/positive test results

Adults under age 65 who do not have underlying health conditions and are not pregnant and have mild respiratory symptoms including cough, sore or scratchy throat, runny nose, or congestion should assume they have COVID-19 and isolate accordingly. If you have received a positive result from an at-home COVID-19 test, please isolate yourself. You do not need another test to confirm this result. Please check with your school or employers for their requirements for returning to school or work safely. CDC guidance for general population isolation periods can be found here: (CDC Update 1-9-22) Seek emergency medical care immediately if someone is showing any of these signs:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

When to contact your doctor

If you have an immediate concern, sending a message through MyHealtheVet is the fastest way to contact us. Thank you for your patience as we all work together to keep our community safe.

Monoclonal Antibody Treatments and Antiviral Pills

Monoclonal and antiviral treatments are targeted to individuals who will benefit most. In accordance with clinical guidelines, your VA healthcare team assess which patients will most benefit and prescribe the therapy accordingly. If you have been diagnosed with COVID and are over 65, obese, and/or have hypertension, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, renal failure, other severe medical conditions, or immunocompromised, contact your physician about possible treatment to prevent the development of severe disease.

Visitor Restrictions

During outbreaks, entry into facilities is restricted at the discretion of the VA San Diego Healthcare System Director. Inpatient units may require further screening criteria and/or restrict or control the number of non-patients allowed entry depending upon the situation and the impact on providing safe patient care. Inpatient unit staff will enforce and manage any additional unit-specific entry criteria and restrictions in their respective work areas.

Do Your Part – Protect yourself, your family and your community

COVID-19 is not over. You can do your part by getting vaccinated. We offer COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Veterans, spouses, and caregivers. Veterans currently enrolled in VA health care may use VA’s online appointment scheduling tool to schedule appointments at the La Jolla Medical Center. If you need assistance with a ride to your COVID vaccination appointment, VA San Diego can help with free Uber/Lyft rides. Once you set up your vaccination appointment, call 858-552-7475, then call 855-205-7325 to organize the ride. For additional information and details on the type of vaccine and where they are available, please checkout COVID-19 Vaccinations | VA San Diego Health Care | Veterans Affairs

 

Sincerely,

Your VA San Diego Healthcare Team