VA nursing homes to stop visitations, new admissions amid coronavirus, except in special cases
Amid the threat of coronavirus, the Department of Veterans Affairs said it would stop visitations and new admissions at its 134 nursing homes to protect two of its most susceptible patient populations: nursing home residents and spinal-cord injury patients.
“While the COVID-19 risk to average Americans remains low, these commonsense measures will help protect some of our most vulnerable patients,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie in a statement. “VA will make every effort to minimize the impact of these policies on veterans while putting patient safety first.”
The only exceptions are special cases such as when veterans are in their last stages of life in hospice.
The nursing homes are home to more than 41,000 veterans across the country.
The virus has infected more than 700 people in the U.S. and killed at least 27, with one state …continued .
[Source: Fox News]