During this challenging time, the VNA is still here providing care. We are closely monitoring the situation and we have changed our guidelines so we can do our part to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of infection. Below you will find updates and information on VNA services surrounding COVID-19.
VNA Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
COVID-19 vaccines are here in Indian River County, but supplies from the government have been and continue to be very limited in our communities.
For more information and updates, please:
- Go to Indian River County’s website: www.ircgov.com or call 772-226-4000 for up to date County information on vaccines.
- Sign up for Indian River Alerts at alertindianriver.com to be notified when vaccine clinics and appointments are available.
- Go to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital’s website: ccirh.org. To schedule a vaccine, call 772-410-0560 or register with the MyChart portal (ccirh.org) to schedule your appointment on line when supplies are available.
- Vaccines are NOT YET available at local pharmacies or independent healthcare providers.
All phone lines are frequently busy as you can imagine! We encourage you to keep trying!
During these challenging times, safety is our highest priority
The VNA continues to provide the highest quality care, and we have taken necessary precautions so we can continue to deliver care in a safe and responsible manner.
We are closely monitoring the situation in our community and have instituted certain protocols so we can meet the needs of our community. Some of the steps we have taken to protect our staff and patients include:
- Supplying clinicians and caregivers with personal protection equipment (PPE) while following the CDC’s guidelines
- Educating VNA staff on appropriate infection control protocols
- Utilizing virtual visits and telemonitoring
- Daily monitoring and screening of VNA employees
- Screening patients prior to each visit and taking protective appropriate actions as needed
- Instituting a mandatory handwashing policy for staff
- Encouraging staff to work from home
- Limiting access to VNA facilities and buildings
We understand that this is a time when anxiety and fear are running high, and the VNA cannot express how much we are grateful for our dedicated staff who continue to care for our patients. Our caregivers are truly on the frontlines, and it will always be our first priority to keep them and our patients safe.
For the safety of our patients and staff, we have changed the visitor guidelines for the VNA Hospice House. If your loved one is at the hospice house and you plan to visit, please call (772) 978-5600 to learn more about these guidelines.
The VNA has cancelled all community events at this time. This includes blood pressure/blood sugar clinics, support groups, Camp Chrysalis and the VNA Caregiver Conference. Please continue to check this page for more updates.
VNA Mobile Health Clinic Schedule
Mondays at Walmart in Vero Beach (58th Ave. and 20th Street)
Tuesdays in Oslo Area – Winn-Dixie Parking Lot (close to Dunkin Donuts)
Wednesdays in Sebastian at Walmart Shopping Center (near gas station)
Thursdays at Visiting Nurse Association parking lot (1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach)
We continue to offer drive up services and all patients are asked to remain in their vehicles. We offer:
- Health education
- COVID-19 screening and education (we do not test for COVID-19)
- Free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings
- Flu vaccines available while supplies last
- SAME-DAY non-emergency care
- School physicals (no sports physicals)
- Community resources and referrals
- Assistance with finding you a “medical home” for long-term care
The VNA Mobile Health Clinic is NOT TESTING for Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you think you have COVID-19, please call Cleveland Clinic at 772-226-4846 to inquire about testing.
What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• shortness of breath
How can I help protect myself?
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
What do I do if I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms?
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath; have been around someone diagnosed with COVID-19; or have returned from international travel or a cruise within the last 14 days, please call the county health department:
Indian River County Health Department: 772-794-7472
Brevard County Health Department: 321-454-7101