Veteran Affairs Locks Down Nursing Homes to Prevent COVID-19 Infections

The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken the steps of banning visitors from it's spinal cord injury wards and over one hundred nursing homes, except for close family members of dying veterans. All Veteran Affairs medical facilities began screening for COVID-19 and many have started limiting the number of visitors or barring children under the age of 18, and in some cases, 16, from medical campuses. But on Tuesday, the department announced that its nursing homes, also called community living centers, and 24 spinal cord injury and disorder centers will have a “no visitor” rule starting immediately and lasting “until further notice.”The facilities house or care for more than 65,000 veterans.

“While the COVID-19 risk to average Americans remains low, these commonsense measures will help protect some of our most vulnerable patients,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a release. “Veteran Affairs will make every effort to minimize the impact of these policies on veterans while putting patient safety first.”

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