GCVHCS Taking Extra Precautions for COVID-19 - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
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Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System

 

GCVHCS Taking Extra Precautions for COVID-19

COVID 19

While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still considers COVID-19 to be a low threat to the general American public, the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS) is paying special attention to it.

Friday, March 13, 2020

BILOXI, Miss. – While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still considers COVID-19 to be a low threat to the general American public, the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System (GCVHCS) is paying special attention to it.

   As part of this process, everyone who enters the campus will be pre-screened. This may lengthen entry times, so patients are advised to allow for that when arriving for their appointments.

   Veterans who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19, flu or cold should contact us at 1-228-523-5000 before coming to their medical center. Clinical staff are available to provide 24/7 virtual care and support, including nurse advice and triage. This service is available at no cost to Veterans enrolled for VA health care.

   The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System includes the following outpatient clinics:

  • Biloxi VA Medical Center
  • Mobile VA Clinic
  • Joint Ambulatory Care Center (Pensacola VA Clinic)
  • Eglin VA Clinic
  • Panama City VA Clinic

   Additionally, access to our Community Living Centers (VA nursing homes) are now strictly monitored to protect patients deemed more vulnerable and at higher risk. Learn more about VA’s announcement here.

   Lastly, we have cancelled some special events and/or activities that include large gatherings.

   Aside from the operational changes noted, the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System remains fully operational. Veterans with scheduled appointments should plan to attend and complete appointments as they normally would while considering extra time needed for screening.

   The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System understands these actions may be inconvenient to some, however, these common-sense measures will help protect those who trust VA for their care and the employees that provide that care.

   Please view a video from the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Director here.

   For more information about COVID-19 visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 website.

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