VA nursing homes here, around US won’t allow outside visitors

Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center. (VA photo/file)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) VA nursing homes in Central Texas and around the U.S. won’t allow outside visitors because of the new coronavirus, the VA announced Tuesday.

The VA’s 134 nursing homes include Community Living Centers at the Olin E. Teague Medical Center in Temple and the Doris Miller VA Medical Center in Waco.

“While the COVID-19 risk to average Americans remains low, these common sense measures will help protect some of our most vulnerable patients,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said Tuesday.

Under the guidelines announced Tuesday no outside visitors will be allowed to see residents of the facilities except in “compassionate cases, when veterans are in the last stage of life on hospice units.”

The facilities will also suspend new admissions and will accept transfers from other VA facilities only after patients have been determined not to be at risk for infection from the new virus or of transmitting the new virus.

The same guidelines apply to the VA’s 24 major spinal cord and disorder centers across the U.S.