Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
Current Operating Status
As of Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:52 AM CDT
In response to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Houston area and surrounding counties, MEDVAMC is taking proactive steps to prevent the risk of infection or its spread to Veterans, employees, and visitors at the Houston VA and its CBOCs. We note this is an evolving situation. For Veterans, families, and visitors, that means your VA visit will be different for a while. As a community, our goal is to contain or prevent spread of COVID-19.
WHAT DO VETERANS AND VISITORS NEED TO KNOW?
Who can come to the facility?
Only Veterans and those with official business are allowed access to our buildings. We are doing most patient care via phone, VA Video Connect, or MyHealtheVet. To protect the health and safety of our Veterans, Houston VA has restricted most visitors from entering our main hospital at this time. No visitors will be allowed in any inpatient units.
Veterans call before visiting.
All Veterans should call your VA if you have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath before going to any of our VA facilities. Calling first helps us protect you, medical staff, and other patients. Ask your VA health care team about the option of care by phone or video instead of an in-person visit.
If you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call us at 713-794-8985, before you visit your Houston VA or CBOC. Clinical staff are available to provide 24/7 virtual care and support, including nurse advice and triage.
Veterans with appointments:
- Outpatient visitors, including for appointments, are limited to ONLY those who are helping a Veteran that requires physical assistance.
- All visitors, including children and adolescents under the age of 16, are restricted from visiting the facility. This includes appointments.
- Arrive early for your appointment.
- Ask for a mask upon entering the facility, if you are sick.
- Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after your appointment.
Be prepared to be screened when entering the facility.
We have staff at our entrances screening ALL Veterans, limited visitors, and employees who enter our main medical center and CBOCs. We are taking temperatures of all who enter our facility. Visitation is restricted at our VA at this time.
All who enter our main medical center and CBOCs will be asked the following three questions.
- Do you have a fever or worsening cough or shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms?
- Have you or a close contact traveled to an area with widespread or sustained community transmission of COVID-19 within 14 days of symptom onset?
- Have you been in close contact with someone, including health care workers, confirmed to have COVID-19?
We have temporary new hours for building entrances:
Main Entrance: Patients Only
Monday through Friday: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
SCI Entrance: Employees Only
Metro/CLC Entrance: Patients Only
Monday through Friday: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
We have suspended valet services.
What can you do to help during this situation?
For the latest VA updates on coronavirus and common-sense tips on preventing the spread of disease, visit https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/.
For more information about coronavirus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
For Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans need to know, visit https://www.va.gov/coronavirus-veteran-frequently-asked-questions/.
Whole Health Resources
During this time, we are utilizing online and virtual Whole Health services. You may use these web-based and mobile tools to support your whole health. These resources were developed within the VA as well as publicly available resources.
In addition, the National Center for PTSD has developed several resources for managing stress and anxiety associated with the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The Circle of Health includes a number of resources that can be used by Veterans, caregivers, employees, or anyone!
TEMPORARY VISITATION POLICY CHANGES
VA is asking patients, staff, and visitors to help slow the spread of infection. Visitations to the Houston VA are now restricted. Our volunteer program is temporarily suspended.
All visitors are restricted from entering the facility. Outpatients visitors are limited to ONLY those who are helping a Veteran that requires physical assistance.
Thank you for helping us protect the health and safety of all who enter your Houston VA!
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|Beaumont Outpatient Clinic||Limited Services|
|Our Beaumont Clinic has several mobile medical units in the clinic parking lot and is continuing to care for Veterans. Beaumont area patients in need of the flu or tetanus vaccines, can get them at Walgreens or at the clinic. Questions or speak to provider: (713) 794-8985.|
|Conroe Outpatient Clinic||Normal Hours|
|Galveston Outpatient Clinic||Normal Hours|
|Katy Outpatient Clinic||Normal Hours|
|Lake Jackson Outpatient Clinic||Normal Hours|
|Lufkin Outpatient Clinic||Normal Hours|
|Richmond Outpatient Clinic||Normal Hours|
|Texas City Outpatient Clinic||Normal Hours|
|Tomball Outpatient Clinic||Normal Hours|
|Houston West Vet Center 711||Normal Hours|
|Houston Southwest Vet Center 710||Normal Hours|
|Houston Vet Center 731||Normal Hours|
|Beaumont Vet Center||Normal Hours|
- Emergency: 911
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)
- 24 Hour Nurse: 713-794-8985 or 1-800-639-5137
- Change Your Appointment: 713-794-8985 or 1-800-639-5137
- Media Inquiries: 713-794-7349
- National Veterans Helpline: 1-800-507-4571
- Patient Locator: 713-794-8736
- Pharmacy Refill: 713-794-7648 or 1-800-454-1062
- Staff Locator: 1-866-233-0152
- Telephone Care: 713-794-8985 or 1-800-639-5137
- VA Police: 713-794-7106
- Employee Helpline: 1-866-233-0152
Helpful Weather Web sites
- National Weather Service
- National Hurricane Center - Eastern Pacific Report
- Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook
- Radio: Houston’s two local Emergency Alert System (EAS) stations are KUHF 88.7FM and KTRH 740AM.
- KRIV_TV, FOX Ch. 26
- KHOU-TV, CBS Ch. 11
- KPRC-TV, NBC Ch. 2
- KTRK-TV, ABC Ch. 13
- KIAH-TV, CW Ch. 39
- KTMD-TV, Telemundo Ch. 47
- Houston Chronicle
- KTRE-TV/Lufkin, Ch. 9
- KLTV-TV/Lufkin, Ch. 7
- Lufkin Daily News
- KBTV-TV/Beaumont, FOX Ch. 4
- KFDM-TV/Beaumont, CBS Ch. 6
- KBMT-TC/Beaumont, ABC Ch. 12
- Beaumont Enterprise
Preparedness Guides & Information
- 211: Finding Help in Texas
- American Red Cross Prepare for Emergencies
- CenterPoint Energy Electric Outage Center
- CDC: Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Caring for Animals During an Emergency
- Disaster Preparedness for Pets
- Harris County Family Flood Preparedness Plan
- Hurricane Disaster Supply Kit
- Hurricane Preparedness: FEMA
- Interactive Evacuation Map
- Medications/Prescriptions Information
- NWS: Hurricane Preparedness
Other VA Services
It is the Department of Veterans Affair's fourth mission to provide contingency support to the Department of Defense and the Public Health Service during times of disaster or national emergency.