Six San Diego VA employees test positive for coronavirus

VA Medical Center
Posted at 5:20 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 20:20:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Six San Diego VA employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The employees are with San Diego VA Healthcare System Counseling Center and are now in home isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Due to privacy concerns, the VA did not provide any additional information.

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"VA is screening Veterans and staff who present with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath who meet the CDC criteria for evaluation of COVID-19 infection. Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, individuals known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others," the VA said in a statement.

The VA is recommending that veterans:

  • 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.