Before visiting local VA medical facilities, community providers, urgent care centers, or emergency departments in their communities, veterans experiencing COVID-19 symptoms—such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath—are encouraged to call their VA medical facility or call MyVA311 (844-698-2311, press #3 to be connected). Veterans can also send secure messages to their health care providers via MyhealtheVet, VA’s online patient portal. VA clinicians will evaluate veterans’ symptoms and direct them to the most appropriate providers for further evaluation and treatment. This may include referral to state or local health departments for COVID-19 testing. Consult the VA’s public-facing website for the most current information: www.va.gov/coronavirus. Guidance from local VA medical facilities about their current operating status is available on each facility’s website, which can be found through VA’s facility locator tool: https://www.va.gov/find-locations.
CalVet has enacted a number of policies to protect and care for the older veteran population currently under the care of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. To stay up to date on their actions, please visit www.calvet.ca.gov.
Resources for Veterans affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The California Department of Veterans’ Affairs (CalVet) and the United States Departments of Veterans’ Affairs dedicate themselves to serving all veterans by connecting them and their families with their earned benefits through education, advocacy and services.
Both departments have complied helpful information about the COVID-19 pandemic for veterans and their families who are suffering from the virus.
Some of those resources include:
- Coronavirus FAQs – What veterans’ need to know
- Veterans’ Resources email updates
- Getting connected to VA benefits
- California Veterans’ Resource Book
- Finding a County Veterans’ Services Officer (CVSO)
VA Suicide Prevention Hotline “Veterans Chat”
(800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance for older adults regarding COVID-19.
- Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (like tissues) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you'll be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services to respond to COVID-19. These services help you have access from more places (including your home), with a wider range of communication tools (including smartphones), to interact with a range of providers (such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers).
The DMV is providing a 120-day extension to Californians age 70 and older with a driver license that expires from March 1 to July 31, 2020. This action ensures this vulnerable group can avoid a DMV office visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.