VA bans visitors for 24K veterans in spinal cord injury centers amid coronavirus concerns

Written by Alan Condon | March 11, 2020 | Print  |

The Department of Veterans Affairs is prohibiting visitors to more than 24,000 veterans at its spinal cord injury facilities due to the spread of the coronavirus, reports the Daily Mail.

The "no visitor" policy aims to limit the exposure of COVID-19 — the illness caused by the novel coronavirus — in older patients who are at a higher risk of developing serious complications, according to the CDC. 

All 24 major VA spinal cord injury and disorder centers adopted the policy, as well as 134 nursing homes, which care for more than 41,000 people. 

Exceptions will be made for compassionate cases, where veterans are in the last stages of life.

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