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Do You Have a Mask?

Face coverings or masks now required at all VA facilities

A Veteran wearing a mask during his VA appointmentAll VA facilities require the use of face coverings or masks for all patients, families, staff, and volunteers. The health and safety of Veterans, and the staff who care for them, is and always has been VA’s top priority.

During the coronavirus pandemic, we’re all trying to do our part and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Whether it’s social distancing, washing our hands, or cleaning surfaces, we’re trying to protect ourselves and stay healthy.

We recommend you bring your own face covering, such as a cloth mask or scarf. This is required for all patients and families in public and administrative areas of facilities. If you don’t have a face covering, ask a staff member, and they will provide you with one. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers helpful guides on making suitable masks at home for personal use.

If you have non-urgent medical concerns, schedule an appointment with your health care team through VA Video Connect. This tool allows Veterans at home to meet with VA health care providers through live video on any computer, tablet, or mobile device with an internet connection.

Please vote in our unscientific poll. All responses are anonymous.

Do you have a mask?