Post 4278 Blog

What can go into our blog post?

  1. Helpful,veteran-specific content that gives readers a useful takeaway.
  2. Stories about helping Veterans in our community.
  3. Stories about Veterans being helped county wide.
  4. Updates pertaining to VA Healthcare.


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  1. Important VA Portland Pharmacy information about prescription refill requests in response to COVID-19…

    All Veterans may request changing their formulary, maintenance medications from 30 day fills to 90 day fills:
    1.Call the VISN Call Center at 1-503-220-8262 option 1
    2.Use My HealtheVet and choosing “Ask a Pharmacist”.

    All patient requests for days’ supply changes will be sent to the patient’s VA provider.

    VA Pharmacy cannot send patients 90 day fills of controlled substances, supply items and certain high risk medications.

    Pharmacy will not fill more than 90 days’ supply of maintenance medications per one time request.

    Patients are always encouraged to use the mail for additional refills of their medications. Veteran’s may request prescriptions using Audiocare at 1-888-400-8387 or requesting them through My HealtheVet.

  2. VA Portland Health Care System is continuing to offer Mental Health services with non-face-to-face care. Please reach out if you need assistance during this time:
    For new Mental Health appointments, call 503-220-8262, ext. 56409
    For existing patients, call 503-273-5058, choose the clinic where you receive care.
    If you are in crisis, please reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-9255 and press 1. You may also present to the VA or nearest Emergency Department in your area.
    Taking good care of ourselves is especially important right now, please review the following recommendations:
    Maintaining and Enhancing Your Mental Health and Well-Being During the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak
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    Taking care of your well-being, including your mental health, is essential during this time. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Many people may experience stress, fear, anxiety, or feelings of depression. This is normal. There are things that you can do to manage your stress and anxiety:
    Exercise regularly, try to eat well-balanced meals, and get plenty of sleep.
    Limit alcohol.
    Practice breathing exercises and/or meditation. VA has many free mental health apps for Veterans.
    Take breaks from the news (see below for tips).
    Stay connected with others while practicing social distancing (see below for tips).
    Participate in activities or hobbies that you enjoy, or learn a new one.
    Keep your current mental health appointments. VA offers both video and phone telemental health options that do not require you to go to your closest facility in-person should you have a medical concern or need to follow specific social distancing guidelines in your community.
    Learn ways to connect with VA providers using telehealth options and schedule or reschedule your appointment online. If you are requesting a new mental health appointment, please call the VA Portland Health Care System and we will work to arrange an appointment for you. If you need same day access for mental health services, call the VA Portland Health Care System to request this and you will be connected to care.
    Also, see these great resources on managing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19:
    Moving Forward
    National Center for PTSD Guidance on Managing Stress
    CDC Guidance on COVID19 Mental Health Support
    Avoid Too Much Exposure to News
    Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. If you feel anxious or stressed from the information, struggle to turn off the TV or log off of social media, or have trouble sleeping, you might want to limit the amount and type of news you are viewing. Try to do enjoyable activities, return to normal life as much as possible, and check for updates between breaks.
    Stay Connected
    During times of social distancing, it is normal to have increased feelings of loneliness, sadness, fear, or anxiety. It is important for everyone to stay connected. Here are some ways to feel more connected:
    Seek support from family, friends, mentors, clergy, and those who are in similar circumstances. While face-to-face communication may be difficult, be flexible and creative using phone, email, text messaging, and video calls. Sign up or join a virtual social network that includes service members and Veterans.
    Keep in touch with fellow Veterans and assist them in navigating this new environment if they are having a hard time. Teach them how to use VA Video Connect through the VA mobile app store as VA increases virtual health and mental health appointment availability.
    As a Veteran, you have been uniquely trained in emergency response situations. Your resilience and strength can assist others during these times. Connection can also happen when you give back to your community by sharing your expertise and support with family, friends, and neighbors through acts of kindness and volunteer opportunities which will arise.

  3. Public Information Officer, Washington Emergency Management Division AGENCY

    The Extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order will be through May 31, Gov. Inslee & Health officials announced today. There will be new allowances for retail curbside pickup; car washes; and landscaping. Also, drive-in spiritual services can go forward with one household per vehicle.
    Moving forward, there will be four phases allowing more areas of the state to re-open after each phase based on a data-driven approach. Information on that here:
    These phases depend on continued success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and meeting four capabilities including:
    ✔️health care system readiness
    ✔️testing capacity
    ✔️ability to do contact investigations
    ✔️ability to protect high-risk populations.
    Not every part of the state is experiencing #COVID19 the same way. County variances are allowed. Smaller counties could reopen. Counties with fewer than 50,000 residents not hit hard by #COVID19 will be able to apply to the Department of Health for a variance that will allow the county to open to the second phase. Cities and counties can also take more strict actions than what the state is mandating. That is up to them based on their public health needs and local decision making.
    While state parks and state land are re-opening May 5, before traveling, check with your destination. More information:
    Businesses are also expected to implement any additional requirements developed specifically for their industry such as those that have been established for construction.
    The state is entering into Phase 1, with some aspects starting on May 5. More details will be announced on Monday. The governor has already allowed some construction to resume as well as reopening of some recreational activities including day use at state parks, playing golf, fishing and hunting. Officials are working with industries to develop new protocols that could soon also allow for retail curbside pickup; car washes; and landscaping and drive-in spiritual services with one household per vehicle.
    When COVID-19 disease burden is low and decreasing and the four capabilities described above are met, the governor will move from Phase 1 to Phase 2.
    ▶️ Phase 2: Additional expansions of outdoor recreation activities would be allowed, as well as small gatherings of 5 or fewer people, new construction and in-store retail purchases with health restrictions. Barber shops and salons could reopen and house cleaning services. Restaurants could reopen with 50 percent capacity and table size no larger than 5. Some professional services and offices could open up as well, even though teleworking would remain strongly encouraged. Pet care services including grooming could resume.
    ▶️ Phase 3: Gatherings of 50 people or less, including sports activities, would be allowed, and non-essential travel could resume. Restaurants could move up to 75 percent capacity and tables up to 10 people, and bars at 25 percent capacity; gyms and movie theaters could reopen at 50 percebt capacity; retail, libraries, museums and government buildings could reopen. Recreational facilities like pools could open at 50 percent capacity. Nightclubs and entertainment venues would still not be able to reopen.
    ▶️ Phase 4: Would involve resuming the majority of public interactions. Gatherings of more than 50 people would be allowed, but still while practicing social distancing.
    A larger version of the chart, which is also screen reader compliant, can be found at:
    Watch the full press conference here:

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