Since the start of the pandemic, VNA has been committed to provide care in the safest manner. We continue to uphold our clinical guidelines and utilize masks, PPE and infection control policies to minimize the risk to our patients and staff. Below you will find updates and information on VNA services surrounding COVID-19.
VNA Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
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 ask that all visitors comply with our safety protocols. Visitors must be masked upon entry and check in with receptionist for screening. Masks must be worn in all public areas of the hospice house. Visitors who can provide proof of vaccine are allowed to remove their masks when in their loved one’s room with the door closed.
We are adhering to the CDC’s recent community guidelines. Vaccinated customers are not required to wear a mask. Unvaccinated customers are asked to continue to wear a mask while shopping in our stores. Please visit our thrift store page for more information.
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