Oklahoma City VA Health Care System
OKC VA Launches "Wear it for Them" Campaign
We encourage the public to join us in protecting the most vulnerable and Wear if for Them!
The CDC is encouraging the public to wear cloth face coverings in public settings to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The OKC VA launched a campaign called “Wear it for Them!” to educate the public on the importance of all of us doing our part to protect ourselves and each other. Our message to the public is that we are all in this together. VA has been a leader in patient safety for years and is becoming an enterprise-wide High Reliability Organization (HRO). Adopting high reliability principles more formally represents the next step for delivering the best health care to Veterans. Pursuing these principles nationwide is our pledge to empower staff and keep Veterans the safest they can be on our watch. The “Wear it for Them” campaign helps VA staff to demonstrate and support our HRO Values.
Veterans at Higher RiskDid you know a person with COVID-19 can lack symptoms and transmit the virus to others and not even know it? This can be extremely dangerous for our most vulnerable population to include:
- Older adults,
- People with asthma,
- At risk for severe illness,
- People with HIV,
- People with liver disease, and
- People who are immunocompromised.
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
In light of this, the CDC and the Department of Veterans Affairs recommend everyone wear face coverings in all public areas.
The Oklahoma City VA is limiting visitation at this time (with exception of end of life situations or a primary caretaker.) We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but your safety and the safety of others is at the forefront of everything we do. If you have a scheduled VA appointment, we are asking everyone to follow the guidance of the CDC that requires everyone entering the facility to wear a mask or face covering prior to leaving your vehicle. Everyone who enters our facility is required to wear a mask or face covering and participate in a health screening prior to entering. This will help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable. If you do not have a mask, we can provide you with one. If there is a reason you are not able to wear a mask please let us know.
VA Health Screening. Upon entering the Oklahoma City VA facility, you will be asked to answer these health questions:
- Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Are you waiting for COVID-19 test results?
- Do you have a fever?
- Do you have new or worsening cough or shortness of breath?
- Do you have any cold or flu like symptoms?
- Do you have a new onset of diarrhea?
- Do you have a new onset of headache, loss of taste or loss of smell?
How to achieve a Healthy Visit and prevent the spread!
- Wear a mask or face coverings at all times..
- Practice social distancing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Leave the facility as soon as your visit is over.
If you are at high risk, we strongly encourage you to not visit the facility unless you have emergent needed care or treatment. We have set up a variety of health care options for you to stay connected for non-emergent care.