HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Veterans Affair Medical Center is restricting entry points at buildings on its campus due to concerns over the coronavirus.
Governor Ralph Northam announced Thursday that no cases of the coronavirus (COV-19) have been reported in Virginia, but recent cases have been reported in both North Carolina and Maryland, and more than 230 cases have been confirmed in the United States. More than 100,000 cases have also been confirmed worldwide and at least 3,400 have died from the virus.
In a Facebook post Thursday, the VA says all veterans and visitors to the center will be screened at these entrances:
- Bldg. 110B — Main entrance revolving door
- Bldg. 110 B – Waterfront employee/MRI
- Bldg. 110B – Emergency dep. ambulance
- Bldg. 144 – New MH building
- Bldg. 13 — OEF/OIF clinic
- Bldg 14 — women’s clinic
The VA says all other doors at the facility will be locked in the meantime for precautionary purposes.
The screening consists of three questions about symptoms, travel history and contact with infected people.
Veterans who have symptoms of coronavirus such as fever with cough or shortness of breath are asked to stay home and contact Hampton VA Medical Center at 757-722-9961. Press 2 before coming to a VA facility.
In a statement sent to 10 On Your Side from the Hampton VA Medical Center, Dr. Richard Stone explained: “Leadership at our medical centers and clinics are assuring that staff minimize entry to as few entryways as necessary, and staff them for controlled access, based on a screening process.”
The statement goes on to say that the VA also has a process in place to report and track veterans and staff who screen positively for COVID-19. They will be taken through a complete protocol that helps them and protects staff and others.
Protecting others is also the reason Children’s Clinic locations in Newport News are canceling walk-in hours starting on Monday.
“We can’t allow walk-ins anymore. We have to make sure our patients are safe and everyone around them is safe,” Dr. Elizabeth Broderick told 10 On Your Side.
She and her partners are asking all patients with respiratory symptoms to call first so they can be screened.
Even though no children under 10 have died from coronavirus, medical providers are still preparing.
“I’ve got a lot of grandparents bringing in grandkids because their parents are at work during our hours, and some of my partners are mature… I’ve got to think about everybody I work with as well as everyone in the waiting room,” Broderick said.
The new procedures in both health centers aim to prevent community spread should coronavirus come to Hampton Roads.