PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A veteran at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical center tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said on Saturday.
The Phoenix VA said the patient is in respiratory isolation and VA staff specially trained on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention treatment for coronavirus are caring for the person. Officials didn't give any other details about the patient, such as how old they are or if they had any underlying conditions.
Officials said in a statement the risk of transmission to other patients and staff remains low. The Phoenix VA said it's screening veterans and staff who may have symptoms of coronavirus, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. The full statement is below.
Today, we were notified that a Veteran tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center.
The risk of transmission to other patients and staff remains low, as the Veteran is being cared for in respiratory isolation by staff who are specially trained on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) treatment guidelines, including the use of personal protective equipment and infection control techniques.
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.
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.
For more information for veterans, you can head to their website.