Veteran tests positive for COVID-19 at McGuire VA Medical Center

Posted at 4:32 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 17:35:11-04

RICHMOND, Va. – A veteran tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, a spokesperson confirmed to CBS 6.

“The risk of transmission to other patients and staff remains low, as the veteran is being cared for in respiratory isolation by staff who are specially trained on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) treatment guidelines, including the use of personal protective equipment and infection control techniques,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

CBS 6 is working to learn more information about the veteran who tested positive.

The VA Hospital says they are screening all veterans and staff members who show symptoms that could be coronavirus-related.

“Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, patients known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others,” said the spokesperson.

McGuire VA Medical Center says veterans and staff are encouraged these everyday preventive actions to avoid being exposed to COVID-19.

• 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 60% alcohol.

• If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call the VA before going to the facility.