The Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center confirmed Wednesday afternoon that it had treated a patient with the novel coronavirus.

Douglas Etter, Lebanon VAMC Chief Communications Officer, said in an email statement that the veteran was seen and treated in the VA’s Emergency Department before being sent home to self-isolate with appropriate follow-up care.

It is the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 in Lebanon County.

Etter did not state whether the veteran’s home is located in Lebanon County or one of the eight other counties the VA serves. He said the VA used all precautions recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 133 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania as of noon on Mar. 18. Most were clustered in Philadelphia and its suburban counties, and none so far in Lebanon County.

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Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...


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