Work Status for Employees - VA Caribbean Healthcare System
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VA Caribbean Healthcare System


Work Status for Employees

Situation Update

As of Saturday, April 4, 2020 2:11 PM ADT

Director statement regarding reporting for duty:
THANK YOU for all that you are doing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you are sick, stay home and call your medical provider.

The VA Caribbean Healthcare System (VACHS) Incident Management Team (IMT) was activated Friday, March 6 at 8:00 AM in preparation for the potential outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. The VISN 8 Network Emergency Management Coordination Center (NEMCC) has also activated to support the needs and resource requirements for all facilities within the network.

In support to the mitigation and prevention efforts related to COVID-19, VHA has established the requirements and functions of implementing telework capabilities for administrative staff in VA sites of care during times of national emergencies pursuant to a pandemic and/or when the traditional worksite/official duty station is impacted due to emergency situations. All service chiefs have been developing telework plans for their corresponding services. If you have any question on the implementations of this plan contact your supervisor. Information has been provided in the Weekly Employee Town Hall Meetings. If you have not participated in these town halls you can access the recordings at: PIO SharePoint.

Please continue to take steps to minimize the spread of any illness:

Sanitize your hands often with soap and water or alcohol based hand cleaners
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze—throw it away immediately after you use it
Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue
Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth—Germs often spread this way
If you are ill, stay home and if needed call your doctor
For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website, the VHA High Consequence Infection (HCI) Preparedness SharePoint Site and the VACHS Plan for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Surveillance SharePoint Site.

VHA High Consequence Infection (HCI) Preparedness Program

CDC Coronavirus (COVIC-19)
Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Surveillance 

Important updated guidance from CDC regarding recent travel, including cruise ship travel.

During a VA-declared emergency:

VA Employees should return to this page for updates. For more information about this emergency, go to our main Emergency Information page.