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Veteran tests positive for COVID-19 at Shreveport VA

The veteran was admitted to the hospital on March 16 and was immediately isolated by the VA's emergency department.
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SHREVEPORT, La. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reported a veteran tested positive for COVID-19 at the Overton Brook VA Medical Center in Shreveport.

The veteran was admitted to the hospital on March 16 and was immediately isolated by the VA's emergency department.

The VA says there is a low risk of transmission to other patients and staff because the patient was treated in isolation by specially trained staff.  

According to the VA, staff is screening veterans and staff who have symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. CDC guidelines and VA protocols require people known to be at risk for COVID-19 to be immediately isolated to help prevent the spread of the disease.

The VA is no longer allowing visitation unless patients in palliative care and end-of-life moments. Even for those exceptions, there will only be one visitor allowed per day.

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