Moving Forward: Expanding Selective Services Notice - Durham VA Health Care System
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Moving Forward: Expanding Selective Services Notice

May 29, 2020

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Durham, North Carolina -The Veterans Administration is moving forward with a phased approach for expanding select services that were put on hold due to the coronavirus at VA medical facilities across the country. Our goal is to care for Veterans who have the greatest clinical need while ensuring a safe environment for both Veterans and employees.  

VA facilities will not expand to a full spectrum of care immediately. In resuming services we will consider the unique circumstances of state and local governments, environmental safety preparedness, and clinical risk assessments to assure the safest possible environment. 

Due to an increase of COVID-19 cases across North Carolina, the Durham VA Health Care System is not yet ready to expand services. Certain VA facilities have been selected as lead sites because they align with VA, federal, state, and local guidance and meet the White House “Guidelines for Opening Up America” criteria for expanding services. These criteria are requirements that each region or state should meet before reintroducing select services, such as a decline in COVID-19 cases during a 14-day period. Once the state of North Carolina, and specifically the 27-counties we serve, meet the gating criteria, it will be phased into VA’s plan for expanding care.  

In the meantime, the Durham VA Health Care System will benefit from lessons learned, and best practices from the lead sites’ experiences.  

Moving forward, the Durham VA Health Care System will continue to earn our Veteran’s trust by continuing to provide exceptional care. We will continue to keep Veterans informed about when it is safe for our facilities to begin expanding care.  Safe care is our mission and our continuing commitment to every Veteran, every time.

If you would like more information, please email shahron.james@va.gov or call at 919-928-3997.