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VA Press Releases - COVID-19

·    VA deploys Mobile Vet Centers to increase outreach during COVID-19 outbreak - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began deploying Mobile Vet Center units, the week of March 16, to expand direct counseling, outreach and care coordination to Veterans in communities affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. (3/30/20)


·    VA to assist New York City with COVID-19 response - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is opening a total of 50 beds (35 acute care and 15 intensive care unit) to non-Veteran, non-COVID patients to help assist New York City in its COVID-19 response efforts. (3/29/20)


·    VA Releases COVID-19 Response Plan - The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made public, March 27, the COVID-19 Response Plan it is executing within its medical facilities to protect Veterans, their families and staff. (3/27/20)


·    After OPM action, VA invites retired medical personnel back to work - The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved a request from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), March 19, to waive a section of federal law that governs retired VA workers. (3/24/20)


·    Veterans’ GI Bill benefits to continue during COVID-19 pandemic - President Trump signed into law S. 3503, March 21, which will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (3/22/20)


·    VA national cemeteries to adjust operations in response to COVID-19 - All U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries are open and will continue to provide interments for Veterans and eligible individuals. However, effective March 23 — as part of the agency’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) — committal services and the rendering of military funeral honors will discontinue until further notice. (3/20/20)





  Letter from National on The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)



 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - UPDATE #1



Dealing with this outbreak there may be those who are experiencing distress or anxiety due to the COVID-19 concerns. We have provided some links from SAMHSA.GOV, is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration founded by the U.S. Congress in 1992.
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• Coping with Stress during Infection Disease Outbreaks:
• Taking Care of your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation during an Infections Disease Outbreak
Below we are repeating the informational links related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the New York State Department of Health.
• High Risk Persons: 
• Steps to Prevent Illness:
• How it Spreads:
• What to do if you are sick:
• Preparing for COVID-19:
• Information for Health Care Workers:
• Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities:
• Fact Sheets/Print/Hand Out Posters:
The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:
• cough
• fever
• trouble breathing and
• pneumonia
CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
How Does Novel Coronavirus Spread?
Most of the early reported cases had contact with a seafood and live animal market, suggesting an animal source of the outbreak. However, most cases are now likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing. Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads.
While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Please share this information with your Membership