13 Mar Onslow County and Veterans Administration work to curb Coronavirus
All levels of government around the United States are doing their best to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it appears to grow scarier for many people. Onslow County officials and Veterans Administration facilities in Southeastern North Carolina are no different. These agencies are doing their best to calm any unreasonable fears about the virus while ensuring that it does not spread exponentially around the state.
As a result, the Onslow County government and Public Health Department have joined forces to establish a Citizens Phone Bank. The purpose of this special phone line is to answer general questions about the Coronavirus. However, this line will NOT provide any specific medical advice or a medical assessment of symptoms.
WNCT9 News suggests that anyone who has traveled to an area during the past 14 days where Coronavirus is spreading rapidly and is experiencing flu-like symptoms should call their primary care physician or other medical provider.
Here is the Citizens Phone Bank number – (910) 989-5027.
Additionally, the Fayetteville VA NC Coastal Health Care System has mobilized to protect anyone using Southeastern North Carolina veterans’ medical facilities. The system has begun screening all veterans, employees, volunteers, contractors and visitors. The Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic (located at 4006 Henderson Drive) is among those conducting the screenings.
A VA spokesperson stated NC facilities are staffed and supplied to assist veterans who are impacted by the Coronavirus. They are following standards set by the Centers for Disease Control as their intake precautions.
Guidelines offered to veterans in the Coastal Health Care System
Veterans who are suffering acute respiratory symptoms should call 911 for help. Then they should contact their VA provider within 72 hours of being admitted to a hospital on an emergency basis.
Coronavirus symptoms include the following:
- Shortness of breath
Veterans who are experiencing any of these symptoms are advised to stay home and contact their primary care team. They can also call the Clinical Contact Center at (800) 771-6106 and press 2. They should take these actions before showing up at a VA facility.
CHRISTI HILL TEAM
P: (910) 934-1174
M: (910) 803-4605
F: (866) 289-6147