Veteran who was COVID-19 positive passes away

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SHREVEPORT– A Veteran patient in their 60s died March 25 at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center due to complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This case was previously reported as a positive in an earlier case count. Our thoughts and prayers are shared with this patient’s family and friends during this difficult time.

VA has proactively implemented appropriate measures to ensure the safest health care environment for each Veteran, visitor and employee. These measures include multi-channel outreach to Veterans and staff, clinical screening at VA health care facilities, as well as protective procedures for patients admitted to community living centers and spinal cord injury units.

Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, patients known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others.

Veterans and staff are encouraged to take everyday preventive actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home if you are sick or becoming sick.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call the VA before going to the facility.