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Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs

COVID-19 Information

Protecting the health and safety of the residents who call our facilities home, as well as the teammates who serve them, is NDVA's top priority. Our COVID-19 Task Force is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following state and federal guidelines. As this is a rapidly changing situation, we are continuing to evaluate the safeguards we have in place at the four state veterans' homes and will modify them as needed.

Please note, each facility sends a weekly update letter to each members’ family point of contact that provides the most up-to-date information on the facility’s current status and policies.

Steps We're Taking to Protect Our Members

Our veterans’ homes follow guidance from DHHS based on the latest guidance they have received from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers from Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Some of the precautions in place at the facilities include additional PPE (personal protective equipment) use and infection control measures, daily screenings and bi-weekly testing of teammates, limited entry to the facilities and grounds, and issuance of additional infection control training.

In addition, vaccination clinics have taken place at all four homes to provide members and teammates the opportunity to be vaccinated. We are working with local public health departments to offer vaccinations to new members and teammates, as well as those who were unable to be vaccinated during our clinics.

View the Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program (ICAP) Vaccine Wall of Honor, where CNVH has achieved Gold Status and ENVH has achieved Bronze Status. Thank you to our teammates for everything you do!

​Visitation

We can now offer both outdoor and indoor, in-person visitation at all four facilities within certain parameters, as well as compassionate care (e.g. end of life) visits. Visitors must schedule appointments ahead of time. Upon arrival, visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Hand hygiene, face coverings, and social distancing will still be required. Cleaning and disinfecting will take place by veterans’ home teammates after all visits.

In-person visitation is not allowed in any of the following situations unless it is a compassionate care situation:

  • The member being visited is unvaccinated, county positivity rate is above 10%, and less than 70% of members are fully vaccinated
  • The member has a confirmed COVID-19 infection or is in quarantine (regardless of vaccination status)

If you have any questions about visitation guidelines, current county positivity rates, scheduling a visit, or anything else, please contact the facility.

We have put together some information on visitation guidelines and risks. Click here to view.

Schedule an in-person or window visit today:

 

Virtual visits are still available for those who cannot come to the facility in person. To set up a virtual visit, please contact the Virtual Visitor liaison at the facility where your loved one lives. They can schedule an appointment and help you set up Skype on your computer, tablet, or phone. We also have this How to Use Skype Guide available.

 Central Nebraska Veterans' Home  Nancy Klimek   308-865-3421
 Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home  Sarah Ryan  402-591-4862
 Norfolk Veterans' Home  Elaine Wessendorf   402-370-3432
 Western Nebraska Veterans' Home   Kilee Oliverius   308-632-0321 

 

 

Thank you to Our Frontline Workers

 

 

Coping with Stress During COVID-19

In addition to the infection control precautions we're taking at our facilities, we're working to reduce anxiety among our residents. To that end, we have put together member education on Coping with Stress During COVID-19.

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