A Veteran inpatient presumptively tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) March 4 at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. The facility is awaiting confirmatory results from the Centers for Disease Control, which takes up to 48 hours.
The risk of transmission to other patients and staff remains low, as the Veteran is being cared for in isolation by staff who are specially trained on the latest Centers for Disease Control treatment guidelines and utilizing personal protective equipment and infection control techniques.
The VA is continuing normal operations and there are no closures or cancellations of appointments at our facilities due to this event. However, out of an abundance of caution, VASNHS is currently screening all Veterans, staff and other visitors at the entrances to all our facilities for symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Individuals found to be at potential risk for a COVID-19 infection will