Like many private sector hospitals, the Manchester VA is taking steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The VA is asking anyone with possible symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever or cough, to call the VA before showing up, and providers are deciding on a case-by-case basis whether to go forward with elective, non-urgent surgeries and procedures. But some VA staff have been concerned that some procedures, like colonoscopies and routine vaccinations, are still taking place. They say these come with unnecessary risks to patients and staff. NHPR’s Peter Biello spoke with Kevin Forrest, Manchester VA's interim director, to learn more about how they’re responding to the coronavirus. The Manchester VA says it's curtailing non-urgent elective...
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Manchester VA Has Enough Masks and Gowns, Adding Beds