The coronavirus caught most everyone off guard, and our local VA Medical Center wasn't alone. There was a lot of hustle. Dr. Sara Ashraf, Chief of Medicine at the Reno VA Medical Center told me, “The focus was outpatients first of all, what if these patients come in? But then we quickly changed our focus to inpatient.”
138 patients reside inside. Thousands of others come in for appointments and medical needs. Everyone, including staff, is screened… with name tags showing when they were last questioned. In waiting rooms, caution tape is strung from chair to chair to force social distancing.
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