VA in Fayetteville begins screening visitors for coronavirus

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Everyone who enters the Fayetteville Veteran Administration buildings will be screened for the coronavirus, which is leading to longer wait times for appointments. 

Employees were at the entrances of the VA buildings on Ramsey Street and Raeford Road Monday. 

They were asking patients, visitors and employees a series of questions including if they’ve traveled to any infected areas in the last two weeks.

Screening questions also include if they’ve been in contact with anyone who has the virus, and if they have any flu-like symptoms. 

If the answers are no, they’re given a wristband and can proceed into the buildings. 

George DeMarco waited an extra 30 minutes for his appointment Monday afternoon. 

“They give you this piece of paper, you put your name and check off a couple of boxes like have you been outside the country in the past two weeks,” he said.

DeMarco says he understands the need for extra precautions. 

“I think everyone whether they’re in a hurry or not or ended up being late for their appointment, understands they’d rather be safe than sorry,” DeMarco said.

A woman talked to CBS 17 on her way in to visit her husband as he receives hospice care. 

She says she appreciates the screenings as a way to help protect patients who are more vulnerable. 

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