Seven employees at the Sam Rayburn Memorial VA Medical Center in Bonham have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Bonham VA medical staff.
“The Veterans Administration acted rapidly to ￼identify those seven ￼individuals as well as workers in the VA Call Center who were most likely to have been in contact with them,” said Fannin County Medical Authority Dr. J. E. Froelich. “Several employees were tested this week and many have been sent home to quarantine which has essentially shut down the very busy and important VA Call Center.”
All seven cases are reported to be in a single area of the VA complex.
There have been no VA nursing home residents who have tested positive as of 1:00 pm, Wednesday, and no cases of COVID-19 in the Domiciliary portion of the Medical Center.
“The Medical Director of the Dallas Area VA System, Dr. Stephen Holt, along with local VA Operations Manager, Elizabeth Dannel and Bonham VA Chief-of-Staff, Dr. Hussain Haideri met with County Judge, Randy Moore and myself on Friday to discuss the evolving situation. All three VA medical leaders committed to decisive action to curtail the outbreak. I personally appreciate their rapid response and actions to safeguard our citizens and our veterans.”
The total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed of Fannin County residents is 18 people.