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Situation Update – Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

03/06/2020 02:15 PM EST

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve in our local communities and across the country, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is taking additional steps to limited the spread of this virus or other respiratory illnesses.

All Veterans who have symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath) should call the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center at 1-877-741-3400 for triage and instruction prior to coming to the medical center or clinics. The safest place for you, unless you may require hospitalization, is home.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are implementing enhanced screening protocols at all of our facilities. This includes the primary medical center and all outpatient clinics. We understand this may be an inconvenience to some, but it is important that we quickly identify individuals who have these symptoms and direct them to a location for further triage and treatment.

Please plan to arrive at the facility at least 20 minutes in advance of your appointment to allow additional time for the screening process.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.