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VA Issues New Rules for Visiting Medical Centers

DUBLIN - David L. Whitmer, FACHE Director of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, issued notification that there are new guidelines in place for those visiting the Dublin VA Medical Center. The press release reads as follows:

"To protect our patients, guests, and caregivers, the Carl Vinson VAMC and its outpatient clinics will be limiting public entrances only to the main entrance. Dublin VAMC access points for visitors and patients is limited to Building 5 for the main building and Building 86 (The new Mental Health Facility).

For their own protection, children under 18 years old are not admitted to Dublin VAMC until further notice.

Dublin VAMC will be inaccessible after 8 p.m.

Staff are screening at those entrances with basic questions to help ensure individuals get the care they need while not exposing patients, staff, and other guests.

Veterans, if you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call us at 800-595-5229 before you visit.

In addition to calling first, consider using virtual care options such as My HealtheVet Secure Messaging. Read VA’s latest information on the new coronavirus at www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus."

The Atlanta VA in Decatur Also Makes Changes

The Atlanta VA in Decatur has issued the same instructions to veterans and are asking veterans with "flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath" to call (404) 329-2222 before visiting a local medical center or clinic.

Pike County Times was notified by a local veteran that these procedures listed above are in place through the Atlanta VA because he had to visit the VA for something that could not be done by teleconference or by phone.


The Georgia Department of Public Health is closely monitoring and working within this situation throughout the state. Its website gives some pointers on how to view this virus and avoid it. The following is directly from its website:

Symptoms of COVID-19 may resemble the common cold or seasonal flu, which is a far greater risk this time of year. The best way to prevent infection with any respiratory virus is to use the same preventative strategies used during a normal cold and flu season: get a flu shot, wash hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when experiencing symptoms of illness until they resolve. It is important to remember that viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds and this type of stigma should be avoided."

Click here to find out more information.

Submitted 3.13.20