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Mask Up: Winter is Coming
Wearing a face covering or mask is required at all VA facilities
All 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.
Colder weather usually means wearing a jacket, gloves, and a hat before you leave the house. But as the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, it’s also important not to forget your mask. All 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 mask with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric. 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 wearing masks correctly and 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.