BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The Beckley VA Medical Center is reimplementing most COVID-19 restrictions and screening out of an abundance of caution beginning the morning of Wednesday, August 4, 2021. “Protecting Veterans, our employees, and those in the VA community remains the top priority during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
Veterans will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms in the tent in front of the Emergency Department. If a Veteran has a mental health appointment, they will be screened at the blue booth while remaining in their vehicles. Veterans will only be allowed in the facility 15 minutes before their appointment time. Surgical masks are required for Veterans and will be provided if he or she does not have one.
No visitors will be allowed on the 3rd-floor inpatient ward. Visitors to the Emergency Department will be determined on a limited case by case basis. Caregivers and spouses will not be permitted to accompany their Veteran to appointments unless an attendant note has been placed by their provider in the patient health care record. Previously existing notes are still valid.
Outdoor restroom facilities with proper handwashing stations will be available for those waiting on their loved one. A small waiting room in Bldg. 3 is available for caregivers waiting on Veterans who have a same-day surgery procedure.
The pharmacy window will only be open for those who need their prescription following a scheduled appointment. Curbside pick-up (there are designated parking spots in front of Bldg. 35) will be available, as well as mail delivery.
The Raleigh County Federal Credit Union will be open from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. for non-employee members.
Mental health groups will transition back to virtual meetings. A decision for Whole Classes will be announced soon. Adult Day Health Care will stop meeting in person again.
A determination for the upcoming Creative Arts Festival on August 21 and the Car Show on September 4 will be made soon. Both events are outside the facility.
Beckley VAMC thanks Veterans, caregivers, employees, and the community for their support and cooperation as we ensure we keep safety our number one priority.
To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine, call 304-255-2121, ext. 4500. Spouses and caregivers qualifying under the SAVES Lives Act will also be permitted into the building for their vaccination appointment.