Work Status for Employees - VA Providence Healthcare System
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VA Providence Healthcare System


Work Status for Employees

Situation Update

As of Tuesday, August 24, 2021 9:40 AM EDT

Director statement regarding reporting for duty:

Currently, there is a HIGH COVID transmission rate in R.I. 

COVID Protection Changes/Updates:

  • A return to MANDATORY EYE PROTECTION for ALL patient-facing activities
  • Required N95 respirator-level protection for all ED and Urgent Care staff
  • Remember, all patients must be masked when be transported out of their room.
  • Ask your patients to don a mask when you enter a patient room.
    • Inpatients may remove mask when alone in a room, i.e., when eating or sleeping.

PPE for Codes and Outpatient Response Teams

N95 respirator (or equivalent), eye protection, gown and gloves required for all codes and Outpatient Response Teams (ORT).

COVID-19 vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis Monday to Friday 8am-2pm on the second floor C wing.

For more information please call (401) 273-7100 ext. 13021.

COVID-19 Update:

The following information updates our current visitation policy during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Veterans and Visitors will continue to be screened at the main entrance.
  • All Veterans and visitors need to be masked while at the Medical Center. If you do not have a mask one will be provided.
  • Inpatient visitation is allowed but need to be scheduled with the unit inpatient Nurse Manager.
  • Inpatient visitors are allowed on the floor, however, visitation is still limited and appointments must be coordinated with the unit.
  • Veterans who require care in our facilities may not bring children under the age of 18 into any of our facilities.
  • Patient and visitor screening will occur in the Emergency Room from 8pm to 6am on weeknights and for all 48 hours during the weekend.  The main entrance will continue to be closed during these hours and re-open at 6am Monday mornings.

Administrative Guidance

If you have flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath:
  • Don’t come in to your on-station worksite
  • Call your doctor
  • Notify Employee Health at 401-273-7100 ext. 12260 or 14132
  • Call your supervisor for guidance

If you are exposed or otherwise identified as needing testing, please contact Employee Health immediately for guidance:
  • Please note that you CANNOT be at work on station while you are waiting for test results; ad-hoc telework will be approved as necessary
  • Make sure your supervisor has current contact information for you, so we can reach you if we need to

Other Services

Employee resources for support and counseling include:
  • The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling 24/7 and is confidential, call 800-985-5990, text “TalkWithUs” to 66746, or visit
  • The Providence VAMC Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, offers free and confidential short-term counseling, referrals and follow-up services. You can request an appointment through the link on the COVID 19 SharePoint, or by contacting Caitlin Oliveira, LICSW, Chief, Social Work Service, 401-273-7100 ext. 16101 or
  • The Providence VAMC Chaplain Service provides spiritual support and counseling for Veterans and staff, and are available at 401-273-7100, ext. 13000, or email Chaplain Rotunda East at
  • The VA Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Assistance Program provides Veterans, their partners, and VA staff with information, resources and support for victims of IPV, their loved ones and caregivers. For more information or assistance, please contact Lucy J. Ramos, LICSW, at Mobile: 401-443-0278 or, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at or 800-799-7233

During a VA-declared emergency:

VA Employees should return to this page for updates. For more information about this emergency, go to our main Emergency Information page.