Work Status for Employees - VA Puget Sound Health Care System
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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


Work Status for Employees

Situation Update

As of Wednesday, July 21, 2021 11:24 AM PDT

Director statement regarding reporting for duty:

July 21, 2021


Effective today, American Lake transitioned to a decentralized COVID-19 screening process to more closely match that of our community partners. The main parking lot entrance across from building 81 re-opened, and the bus resumed service at all stops on campus.

All patients and visitors will be screened when entering patient care areas only, including Veteran Canteen Service Optical, but excluding Outpatient Pharmacy. Patients and Visitors shall be screened at the check-in desk, or Patients may utilize the kiosk for screening. Non-patient care areas, such as Eligibility and Enrollment, Release of Information or the Canteen, are not required to screen Patients or Visitors.

Patients/visitors will receive a sticker with the current date when cleared from screening, which must be placed visibly on their clothing. Patients answering positively to any of the COVID-19 questions for symptoms or exposure, must go to Secondary Screening (Tent 2, back parking lot) by calling 253-209-2475 (if possible) and wait for in your vehicle. 

Employees no longer need to show PIV badges, and vendors will not be screened on Veterans Drive.

America Lake's Domiciliary, Community Living Center and Blind Rehabilitation Center, will continue established COVID-19 screening protocols.

Other VA Puget Sound care sites remain unchanged, and continue required onsite initial screening prior to entering any building as well as secondary screening (as needed).

Thanks so much!




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