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COVID-19 / Novel Coronavirus Update for  VA Portland Veterans

VAPORHCS is committed to keep our Veterans abreast of the latest information related to the Coronavirus. Please read the information below and refer to the resources listed.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Novel Coronavirus Update - as of February 29, 2020

VA Portland Health Care System is closely following and responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). 

We are aware of a presumed positive case in the Portland metro area 
We are in close contact with our Public Health partners, who are working to identify and contact all persons exposed to this case.  
Public health is currently NOT recommending COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms.

Seeking medical care:

If you would not otherwise seek medical care for a respiratory illness (cold), this is not a reason to seek care now.  Please take care of mild symptoms at home to avoid exposing others. 
If you have more severe symptoms like difficulty breathing or inability to stay hydrated, call your medical provider to discuss symptoms and any possible exposure to a known COVID-19 case.  If you do need to be seen, a plan can be made to avoid exposing others and limit spread in the community. 
Please use MyHealtheVet or call 503-220-8262, option 2 to relay a message to your Primary or Specialty Care team or to make change or cancel an appointment. 

Remember to practice these routine actions that help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. These include:

  • Stay home at the first sign of illness.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and do hand hygiene.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with people who have symptoms of respiratory illness.

We will update this information as we learn more about the situation.

For more information about COVID-19 / Novel Coronavirus,

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If you have any questions about your appointment,

please contact your provider; 503-220-8262, option 2 to make change or cancel an appointment or relay a message to your Primary or Specialty Care team.

The VAPORHCS Alert Line provides up-to-date information on the operating status of the VAPORHCS' 12 sites of care.
Call 24/7 for a recorded message at (503) 721-1458 or (503) 220-8262 ext. 51458, Outside Portland Area (800) 949-1004 ext. 51458.

You can also get updates on Facebook or on Twitter

If you would like to receive automated updates via email, please sign up with your email address on the main VAPORHCS web page under "CONNECT WITH VA PORTLAND HEALTH CARE SYSTEM."

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