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COVID-19 Testing Available Now!

FastMed has 10 locations across the state that are offering COVID testing for symptomatic patients. Referrals aren't required, the patient must be evaluated by the FastMed Provider on-site first, where it will always be up to Provider discretion on if they receive the test. Patients can check in-online or just walk-in at the locations offering it. There is also a self-assessment chat bot on the FastMed website that will help determine if a patient is symptomatic. This is a location where Veterans may be able to go, should they need it. Insurance will be filled.

05/22/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

VA releases new COVID Coach mobile app

Read about it here or download a hard copy at right...

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the launch of the COVID Coach app, a new mobile app designed to help both Veterans and civilians cope with feelings of stress and anxiety they may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The app includes practical tools, information and resources that can all be used from the safety of one’s home to track well-being, mood swings and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.

A personal goal setting tracker can help users work toward achieving small victories. The mindfulness and sleep tools can be helpful for improving mental health and well-being. The indoor activities tool and staying healthy recommendations have been specifically tailored to the current COVID-19 situation.

“VA wants to make sure Veterans have access to every resource available,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “The COVID Coach app provides tools and information to stay mentally and physically healthy.”

Direct links to resources are available within the app for those who may need additional professional support. The COVID Coach can be used independently or while engaged in mental health treatment but is not intended to replace needed professional care.

COVID Coach was developed by VA’s National Center for PTSD’s Mobile Mental Health Team, in conjunction with the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Download the app on iOS and Android devices or from VA’s Mobile App Store . Contact MobileMentalHealth@va.gov regarding questions about COVID Coach.

The National Center for PTSD has information and resources for managing stress during COVID-19 outbreak.

05/13/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Here's the VA's 3-Part Plan to Resume Full Services for Veterans

As the number of active COVID-19 cases among its patients declined slightly this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a three-part plan for resuming operations at its facilities in the coming months.

The effort will largely depend on local COVID-19 conditions, including a declining number of patients with symptoms, a reduction in those testing positive and widespread availability of testing.

While the VA's Central Office has drafted a tiered plan for operations, decisions will be made at the local level and may not be in line with other state or federal reopening goals, VA officials said.

To read the entire article, go here.

05/09/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Haywood County Health Department

Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben: Quarantine Fatigue

Dr. Jaben talks about the difficulty of maintaining isolation, and offers some advice...

05/06/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Haywood County Health Department

Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben: The Spike Continues....

Dr. Jaben talks about the continuing spike in COVID-19 cases in Haywood County

05/04/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Haywood County Health Department

Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben talks about "What's our risk?" Part Four...The Dilemma

Dr. Jaben talks about "What's our risk?" Part Four...The Dilemma

05/02/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/
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