Rep. Jared Golden said that the Veterans Affairs department has made important changes in how it is providing care to veterans during the coronavirus epidemic.
Golden gave an overview of the changes in a series of tweets for his Maine constituents. The changes he outlined include a triage tent that has been constructed at the Togus Campus, in order to screen veterans with appointments to test for COVID-19. This will help protect veterans from exposure to coronavirus, according to Golden’s office.
Elective procedures have also been postponed for the foreseeable future, so beds and staff are available to treat the veterans with the virus.
The medical center is also changing the way veterans get their prescriptions. Instead of visiting the pharmacy in person, prescriptions can be filled over the phone or online and will be delivered by mail.
Finally, like many other hospitals and medical centers, the Maine VA Healthcare System has placed restrictions on the number of visitors and guests are allowed.
According to the Maine VA, as of April 2 there were two confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Maine VA Healthcare System. Both of the confirmed cases were tested in the community, and the people infected are under home isolation. There has been one death from complications of COVID-19 at the Maine VA Healthcare System Togus Campus, and one VA employee has also tested positive for the virus.
“You’re probably seeing lots of information on social media about coronavirus. While there’s great advice available online, make sure you check the source before you follow it or share it with your friends,” Golden tweeted.
“The best place to find reliable information about symptoms, preventative measures and the number of cases in Maine is on the Maine CDC website here.”