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Updates from VA Long Beach Healthcare System

PROGRESS

From No Visitation to Limited Visitation

Given the lower level of COVID transmissions at the facility and in the community, VA Long Beach Healthcare System has transitioned its Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center from No Visitation to a Limited Visitation status effective February 9, 2022.

Visitation has been expanded to a maximum of two visitors per patient and up to 10 visitors per unit. Duration of visit is limited. Visitation must be essential to patient wellbeing and approved by the provider.

All visitors of indoor inpatient units and all vendors entering the facility indoors must provide the following upon entry into the facility:

  • Photo identification
  • Proof of being fully vaccinated (at least two weeks after completion of vaccination series) OR a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the visit. The negative COVID-19 test can be any FDA-approved PCR, NAT, or antigen test (cannot be a home-test result).

While the change is encouraging and comforting, we must continue to stay vigilant.

This visitation policy change is subject to change.

CHANGE

Vaccination Clinic Location

Starting on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, VA Long Beach Vaccination Clinic will be at a different location.

Current: Bldg. 165, Learning Center Auditorium, best known as The Egg
Starting February 22, 2022: Bldg. 164, 2nd floor Rm. 228.

The Vaccination Clinic operates Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Veterans, family members, caregivers and beneficiaries 18 years old and older can walk-in or call 562-826-5300 to schedule their appointment.

VA Long Beach offers both Moderna and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

REMINDER

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing

VA Long Beach offers COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing for enrolled Veterans.

For Veterans without COVID-19 symptoms, an appointment must be scheduled by calling 562-826-5151. The Call Center operates Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

For Veterans with COVID-19 symptoms, no appointment is required. Symptomatic Veterans can just drive-in.

Veterans presenting COVID-19 symptoms and in need of medical attention are instructed to go directly to the Emergency Department.

The drive-thru operates Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and it is located near Bldg. 165, best known as the Learning Center or Egg. Please stay in your car for testing.

REMINDER

Mask

Only surgical masks and medical grade masks are permitted at VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Cloth masks, neck gaiters, bandanas, and masks with valves alone without a surgical mask are not allowed. Cloth masks alone are not enough to protect you from the highly contagious Omicron variant. We provide surgical masks at all entrances.

African American History Month

In recognition of African American History Month, Veterans Benefits Administration invites all for a Virtual Outreach Symposium for Minority on Thursday, February 17, 2022, 10-11 a.m. (PT).

The symposium can be accessed via:

  • Webex
  • Phone call to 404-397-1596. Access code is 2760 720 0170.

This celebration of African American service in military will reemphasize the importance of VA Minority Veteran Program Coordinators, while encouraging minority Veterans to learn about the benefits and services available to them. Guest speakers will educate and empower attendees about the importance of bridging the gap between minority Veterans and access to benefits and services available at the VA.

This article was released by the VA Long Beach Healthcare System.