The Sheridan VA Health Care System announced Friday afternoon that it would be suspending face-to-face visits at its eight community clinics located throughout the state of Wyoming beginning on Monday, April 6, including the clinic in Gillette.
The Urgent Care Clinic at the medical center, however, will remain open and still be available to veterans 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
In addition to Gillette’s clinic, the closures will include clinics in Afton, Casper, Cody, Evanston, Rock Springs and Worland as well as the Riverton VA Clinic, which suspended face-to-face patient visits on March 30.
There are currently no positive COVID-19 cases within the health care system, according to a April 3 release from the organization, and the suspension of in-person visits is being implemented in an effort to further protect the health of both veterans and VA health care workers as COVID-19 cases throughout the state continue to increase.
Veterans throughout the state are still able to receive care virtually, per the release, and all appointments will be rescheduled.
Enrolled veterans can access virtual care options, including telehealth services, to communicate with care teams from home. These options, per the Sheridan VA Medical Center, include telephone appointments or video teleconferencing through VA Video Connect. Veterans are also able to communicate with their health care team directly through My HealtheVet secure messaging.
Details on these virtual options can be found at:
- VA Video Connect: a software that allows veterans to video call with a health care professional, using Windows-based PCs and laptops, Windows mobile devices, iOS mobile devices, Android mobile devices, etc.
- My HealtheVet Secure Messaging: Veterans can use the My HealtheVet messaging platform if they have any health concern or question. For questions on how to sign up for the MyHealtheVet service, vets can call (307) 675-3185.
- Telephone: Vets with questions about appointments or those who would like to set up a telephone appointment with their care team, are encouraged to call their respective clinic. Clinic phone lines remain operational at this time.
Veterans who are experiencing flu-like symptoms are encouraged to call the VA at (307) 675-3575.