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Salisbury VA implements screening to prevent coronavirus outbreak

SALISBURY — The Salisbury VA Health Care System will screen all people entering any of its properties for COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, starting Monday.

A news release said visitors should allow extra time to ensure they arrive at their appointment on time. Veterans and staff at the Salisbury VA Medical Center will enter and exit at the Hedrick entrance from Brenner Avenue, a news release said.

The city of Salisbury issued an advisory that people who usually travel on Brenner Avenue should expect “major delays.” Police will be in the area to direct traffic at Brenner and Link avenues, Brenner Avenue and Hedrick Street and at the facility’s South Merritt Avenue gate.

“It is recommended that drivers avoid Brenner Avenue unless specifically visiting the VA,” the city said.

The city recommends using Jake Alexander Boulevard, Innes Street or Statesville Boulevard to avoid screening-related delays.

Because of expected delays, the city of Salisbury also advised that veterans experiencing a medical emergency visit an emergency room other than one at the Salisbury VA because of expected traffic delays.

Salisbury Transit will continue to provide service to the VA during regular operating hours, but transit riders visiting the Salisbury VA property will enter and exit at the gate on South Merritt Avenue only.

 Veterans and staff are being encouraged to take preventative actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick or becoming sick.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call the VA before going to the facility.

For more information about the coronavirus, visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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