Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
Work Status for Employees
As of Friday, May 20, 2022 2:03 PM CDT
Director statement regarding reporting for duty:
Please scroll down for information. Please communicate with your supervisor regarding weather impacts. If you need a cot/emergency accommodations during a snow event, please contact your supervisor.
Staff members who have tested positive, or feel they have been exposed to the virus and are exhibiting symptoms should contact Employee Occupational Health for instructions, at 224-610-4215, prior to returning to work. Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and shortness of breath. Staff who are sick and stay home must contact their supervisors for instruction, as always.
Employees must show their Lovell FHCC and PIV/CAC cards at COVID-19 screening tables to be exempt from screening.
NEW: The exterior door in the basement of Bldg. 133EF is now locked as a protective measure. Staff may unlock it with an S1 key.
Staff are required to get both the COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine.
Mini Respirator Protection Program
The Lovell FHCC Safety Team is conducting training and enrollments to the Mini Respiratory Protection Program. The program generally is for staff not exposed to suspected or confirmed sources of COVID-19 but in cases where respirator use could offer enhanced worker protection. Please see the SharePoint announcement before requesting an appointment.
Appointments are available for scheduling as follows:
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. (six slots per 20 minutes, 18 slots per day for a total of 36.)
Send an email to make an appointment: FHCCLovellRespiratoryProtectionProgram@va.gov
Only FHCC staff TRICARE patients may order refill prescriptions for pick-up at the main hospital pharmacy (instead of Burkey Mall), by calling 224-610-3752 and indicating they are staff. Please allow 72 hours processing time. Also please call during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to speak to a live FHCC pharmacy technician.
Just a reminder, masks are required for those entering the hospital campus and in all clinics. Staff are required to wear medical-grade surgical masks provided by their supervisors.
Note: Screening also will take place at the CBOCS, and facility provided masks are required.
Current operating hours:
Lovell FHCC’s main hospital and Naval Station Great Lakes branch clinics are open, with normal operating hours.
At any time, Lovell FHCC's Naval Station Great Lakes branch clinics may be operating with heightened security or impacted by base closures or "late starts" due to weather. Please follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lovellfhcc/ and the NSGL Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NavalStationGreatLakes/ for the most up-to-date information about gate closures or latest security measures at Naval Station Great Lakes, as well as for COVID-19 updates.
Inclement weather information:
If the weather impacts the status of FHCC operations at any time, the information will be posted at: https://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/emergency/index.asp (this page) and at https://www.facebook.com/lovellfhcc/.
We urge all who must travel during hazardous weather to take appropriate precautions when driving on area roads, and to allow plenty of extra time for commutes. For up-to-date information on road conditions in Lake County, Ill., go to: https://www.lakecountypassage.com/. For up-to-date information on road conditions in the Kenosha area, go to: https://511wi.gov/.
For Illinois road conditions, go to the Illinois Department of Transportation's website:
During a VA-declared emergency:
VA Employees should return to this page for updates. For more information about this emergency, go to our main Emergency Information page.