The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center reports two of its staff members and five of its patients have active cases of COVID-19.
The patients have been screened and tested at the VA but are not inpatients.
Spokesperson Tim Parish said the VA can’t share information about the staff members with COVID-19, including whether or not they are care providers, due to privacy concerns.
But he said the cases don’t constitute an outbreak.
“Per CDC guidance and VA protocols, employees and patients exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others,” he said.
VA facilities nationwide report active COVID-19 cases through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Each facility also provides the number of previous COVID-19 cases it’s had, labeling them “convalescent.”
These are defined as patients “tested or treated at a VA facility for known or probable COVID-19 who are either post-hospital discharge, or 14 days after their last positive test, whichever comes later.”
The number of convalescent cases at the Roseburg VA since the beginning of the pandemic totals 24, with three of those having been staff members.
None of the VA employees or patients is listed as having died from the illness.
The VA says the protocols it has put in place are working to prevent an outbreak, and the VA remains a safe place for veterans to seek care.
“Throughout this national emergency, Roseburg VA Health Care System has been laser focused on maintaining Veterans’ access to care while working to prevent the possibility of Veterans and employees contracting COVID-19,” Parish said in an email.
“No Veterans receiving direct inpatient care at an RVAHCS facility have contracted coronavirus due to extreme safety protocols that have protected our most vulnerable Veteran population,” Parish said.
The VA had reported in April that four members of its staff tested positive for COVID-19. One of these was nurse Jose Jimenez, who spent three months on a ventilator in a Portland hospital. Jimenez returned home in late July and is receiving pulmonary rehabilitation therapy.