COVID-19

This page is to provide some information of the Corona virus COVID-19 specific to Veteran issues. Plenty of information can be found on the internet; please ensure you use reliable sources. Here are some links we believe you will find helpful:
 
 
 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Updated) April 3, 2020
Kristina Miller, Public Affairs Officer
Sheridan VA Health Care System
(307) 675-7028 (Office)
 
Sheridan VA Suspends Face-to-face Primary Care Visits, Including 8 Community Clinics, Health Care Options Still Available
SHERIDAN, Wy. (April 3, 2020) — There are currently no positive COVID-19 cases in the Sheridan VA Health Care System, however the system will be suspending face-to-face visits in each of its eight community clinics and face-to-face primary care appointments at the Sheridan VA Medical Center starting Monday, April 6. Veterans throughout the state are still able to receive care virtually. The community VA clinics suspending face-to-face visits as of April 6 are in Afton, Casper, Cody, Evanston, Gillette, Rock Springs and Worland. These are in addition to the Riverton VA Clinic, which suspended face-to-face patient visits as of March 30.
The Sheridan VA Medical Center had already started rescheduling many appointments for specialty care and primary care, but this suspension of all face-to-face visits is being implemented to further protect the health of both Veterans and health care workers as COVID-19 cases in the state increase. NOTE: The Urgent Care Clinic at the medical center will still be available to Veterans 24 hours a day.
Enrolled Veterans are still able to receive care with telehealth services available for appointments. These virtual care options allow Veterans to communicate with care teams from the comfort of their home--options include telephone appointments or video teleconferencing through VA Video Connect. Veterans are also able to communicate with their health care team directly through My HealtheVet secure messaging. Details on these virtual options are:
  • VA Video Connect. VA Video Connect is software that allows Veterans to do a video call with a health care professional, using Windows-based PCs and laptops, Windows mobile devices, iOS mobile devices, Android mobile devices, etc. Veterans interested in this option are encouraged to learn more at https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect
  • My HealtheVet Secure Messaging. Veterans can send a secure message to their provider using My HealtheVet if they have any health concern or question. For questions on how to sign up for MyHealtheVet, call 307-675-3185.
  • Telephone option. For Veterans who have questions about appointments in general or would like to set up a telephone appointment with their care team, please call the respective clinic.
The VA team continues to strongly encourage everyone to take everyday precautions to protect against respiratory illnesses caused by COVID-19, the flu and the common cold. Veterans who are experiencing flu-like symptoms are encouraged to call the VA at 307-675-3575.
For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html.
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above memo as pdf


 
03/31/2020 03:18 PM EDT
Veterans.Experience: Coronavirus Updates and Veteran Resources
Coronavirus Updates and Veteran Resources
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Experience Office sent this bulletin at 03/31/2020 03:18 PM EDT


 
Updated March 27, 2020
VA COVID-19 Quick Start Guide
 
 


 
March 26, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cheyenne VA temporarily closes all community clinics

CHEYENNE, Wyo.—Cheyenne Veteran Affairs Health Care System has announced that the Loveland, Ft. Collins, Sidney, and Rawlins Community Clinics will be temporarily closed, effective Monday, March 30, 2020, due to the COVID-19.

The providers and staff at each of the clinics have been converted to virtual care at this time and we recommend using telehealth (phone or video) for Veterans’ scheduled appointments. To help healthcare providers address the most urgent needs first, they ask that Veterans use one of the VA’s online tools for routine or non-urgent concerns:

  • Secure Messaging. Veterans can send a secure message to their provider about any health concern or question.
  • VA Video Connect. The Veteran’s provider may ask them to consider telehealth for an upcoming appointment. By downloading and learning about the VA Video Connect app now, Veterans can prepare themselves. 

Veterans desiring an appointment for urgent healthcare issues not related to Coronavirus should call their provider at 888-483-9127 or send a message through their My HealtheVet account. 

Because this is a rapidly changing situation, the best way to get the most up-to-date facility information is to check the Cheyenne VA Medical Center’s website.

VA continues to strongly encourage Veterans, staff members and their families to take everyday precautions to protect against respiratory illnesses caused by COVID-19, the flu and the common cold.

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Questions should be directed to the Cheyenne VA Healthcare System, Public Affairs Officer, Samuel House, 307-757-7320, or Samuel.house2@va.gov.

 

 

 



March 26, 2020
Contact a Veterans Service Officer
Due to health concerns regarding COVID-19 all outreach appointments will be conducted via telephone.  Please contact your veteran service officer (VSO) to schedule an appointmentidea.  
 
Bobbie Swanlund
Executive Assistant
Wyoming Veterans Commission
Wyoming Military Department
http://WVC.wyo.gov
Facebook: http://facebook.com/wyovets
 
 
 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2020

 

Veterans’ GI Bill benefits to continue during COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON – President Trump signed into law S. 3503, March 21, which will enable the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to takecourses online due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The law gives VA temporary authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies, allowing for continued payment of benefits even if the program has changed from resident training to online training.

Thanks to the law, GI Bill students will continue receiving the same monthly housing allowance payments they received for resident training until Dec. 21, or until the school resumes in-person classes.

In the wake of COVID-19, thousands of students nationwide have been converted to distance learning as many educational institutions are transitioning to technology-based lesson delivery.

"I commend President Trump and Congress for their work on this important law,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "It will give Veteran students certainty as they continue their education.”

Students receiving GI Bill benefits are not required to take any action. Benefits will continue automatically. VA will work closely with schools to ensure enrollments are accurately certified and processed timely. Updates will be provided to students via direct email campaigns and social media regarding VA’s effort to implement these new changes.

Students with specific questions can contact the Education Call Center at: 888-442-4551 between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

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March 18, 2020

VFW Department of Wyoming

SPECIAL ORDER -#1- March 18, 2020

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the VFW Department of Wyoming is mandating the following.

First and foremost, follow your city, county and state emergency procedures, especially with respect to banning certain-sized gatherings and the closing of bars and restaurants. These restrictions DO apply to our VFW Posts.

All April District meetings are moved to May. All remaining March and all April Post meetings are cancelled. Elections will be held in May. The following events are NOT allowed until further notice:

1.      Food service of any kind at the post or in the bar

2.      Events that will create a large number of people in one place, such as dinners, karaoke, live bands, Queen of Hearts.

Although posts may keep their bars open until city, county and state guidance demands otherwise, please note that our Commander-in-Chief is recommending gatherings of no more than 10 people.

Please contact the Department if you have any questions.

 

 

By order of:

///Josh Schmidt///

Department Commander

 

 

Official:

///Trish Peoples///

Department Adjutant

 
 

 
March 2020 

Local effort to make hand sanitizer. Learn More

 
 
 
 

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