New VA protocols tie up Monday morning traffic

Traffic headed into the Biloxi Veterans Administration grounds was slow-moving and backed up the length of Veterans Avenue, to U.S. 90, at one point this morning as the VA introduced new protocols with the coronavirus in mind.

Under the plan, VA staff is questioning those entering the federal grounds about their health, whether they’ve traveled internationally in the past two weeks, or if they have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus.

The VA on Facebook over the weekend advised patients to arrive at the facility center one to two hours ahead of their appointment, and employees were to be asked to show their ID badges upon entering the grounds.

“We’ve heard the biggest hold up was employees not having their work IDs,” said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller. “Today was Day 1, and we’re anticipating that the VA Police will have it moving better if everyone cooperates.”

The VA implemented the new protocols based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.
See the VA Facebook post
See a coronavirus Q&A from Mississippi State Department of Health