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Central Texas Veteran tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 6:38 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 19:38:47-04

A Central Texas Veteran has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System officials say the Veteran tested positive on March 26.

The risk of transmission to other patients and staff remains low, as the facility was able to discharge the Veteran home based on clinical status with instructions for home isolation and self-care in accordance Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, said Deborah Meyer from the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.

Due to privacy concerns, they cannot provide additional information.

VA is screening Veterans and staff who present with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath who meet the CDC criteria for evaluation of COVID-19 infection. 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.

Veterans and staff are encouraged to take everyday preventive actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:

  • 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.