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The Big 3: Mask Up, Social Distance and Wash Your Hands

By: Rick Trotter, Training Specialist | SimLEARN Support Operations

SimLEARN has done an incredible job with serving internal and external customers alike since COVID-19 began. Safety has been and still is paramount now more than ever for our VA employees, visitors, and guests. Wearing a mask, social distancing, and handwashing – or the “Big 3” – are key to the prevention of spreading the coronavirus and ensuring safety for everyone.

Saving lives and providing continuous quality service to our Veterans must continue even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; however, we must be diligent in our efforts to keep ourselves safe while doing so. On December 28, VHA employees and programs received a memorandum from the Deputy Under Secretary of Health informing us that “for the next 60 days, only mission critical VHA travel is approved. All other VHA travel is cancelled as a proactive action in response to the current COVID-19 surge.”

Prior to the current guidance concerning our offered services, we can be proud of the continued adherence to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines which kept the building safe for everyone. Whether during vendor demonstrations, VHA National Simulation Center (NSC) tours, internal activities, and a recent in-person Introduction to Clinical Simulation course, learners and educators adhered to the “Big 3.” During this past fiscal year and amongst these historically challenging times, SimLEARN’s adherence to CDC guidelines and the VHA’s policies and procedures, we have continued to provide services at a high level. When the travel restrictions are lifted and as we prepare to get back to SimLEARN’s course agenda and normal operations at the NSC, we will be asking everyone to adhere to wearing a mask, social distancing, and handwashing practices.



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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2021, November 29). How to Protect Yourself & Others.                            Retrived From: