Hampton VA Medical Center confirms 70 cases, 4 COVID-19 related deaths


This image of the Hampton VA Medical Center sign was taken April 19, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (WAVY photo)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released an enhanced National COVID-19 Report Summary website on May 5 that provides a real-time look at the status of COVID-19 patients who have been tested or treated at VA facilities.

In our region, the Hampton VA Medical Center currently reports 70 veteran patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus and four have died.

In addition to the running total of cases and number of deaths, the relaunched site now includes these new categories:

  • Active cases – Patients tested or treated at a VA facility for known or probable COVID-19 who have neither died nor reached convalescent status.
  • Convalescent cases – Patients tested or treated at a VA facility for known or probable COVID-19 who are either post-hospital discharge or 14 days after their last positive test, whichever comes later.

The Hampton VA reports four active cases of May 28 and 64 convalescent cases.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it is taking aggressive steps to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and is communicating its response plan and testing results.

View the new web page with real-time, map-based data on confirmed case counts, at this link.

10 On Your Side is updating the number of positive cases reported by Veterans Affairs daily.

There are now 13,657 positive cases in veteran patients nationwide and a total of 1,200 deaths reported as of May 28.

The VA is asking veterans with symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath to immediately contact their local VA facility before arriving in-person. You can also sign into My HealtheVet and send a secure message.

All patients going to the VA will also be screened for flu-like symptoms before they can enter the facility.

“At this time, VA is urging all visitors who do not feel well to please postpone their visits to VA facilities,” the VA website reads.

Here are some tips from the VA on how to protect yourself against COVID-19:

  • Learn to use VA Video Connect through the VA mobile app store or by contacting your VA care team, before any urgent problems arise.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An easy way to mark the time is to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice while scrubbing.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick or becoming sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (not your hands) and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Getting a flu shot is recommended.

Click here to learn more about the VA’s public health response.

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