ICD029 REV3 – HPCON A
(a) SMARTS Poster
(b) Department of the Air Force (DAF) Supplement to the Consolidated DoD Coronavirus Disease 2019 Force Health Protection Guidance, 31 Aug 2022
This Installation Command Directive (ICD) supersedes ICD029REV2, and will apply to all Edwards AFB and AF Plant 42 personnel, effective 1200 Pacific Time on 16 September 2022. The guidance in this ICD implements HPCON A. This guidance does not alleviate personnel from the responsibility to make reasonable and SMART decisions, as outlined in Ref (a), to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the community.
The following measures are effectively immediately:
1. (U) HPCON: IAW Ref (b) Section 1.3, Edwards AFB and AF Plant 42 are now in HPCON Alpha.
2. (U) OCCUPANCY: IAW Ref (b), organizations will limit occupancy for personnel in their work centers to less than 100% of normal occupancy.
Members are reminded of the existing policies:
3. (U) MASK ON PERSON: All personnel will continue to carry a mask on their person, even where mask wear is not mandatory. Individuals should be mindful of the effectiveness of each type of mask.
4. (U) DIGNITY AND RESPECT: All persons retain the option to wear a mask even when it is not mandatory. Personnel who choose to continue to wear a mask must be treated with dignity and respect. Many Team T-Cot-A-TU members are at high risk for severe illness, or have high risk family members at home. Therefore, if you approach someone who chooses to wear a mask, please consider wearing your mask as a courtesy to them.
5. (U) ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS: Commanders, Directors, and Facility Owners, at their discretion, may impose additional restrictions to reduce risk to mission.
6. (U) PAUSE ON CERTAIN MEASURES BASED ON AN INDIVIDUALS VACCINATION STATUS: Per ICD 30.
7. (U) QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION: Testing is still required for early release out of isolation, as of this publication. The most up to date quarantine and isolation requirements for Edwards AFB and Plant 42 can be found on the https://www.edwards.af.mil/coronavirus/.
8. (U) COVID REPORTING: Members are required to report the following to Public Health (661-277-2244) for further direction and reporting
a. COVID-19 Positive (or suspect they are COVID-19 positive)
b. Hospitalization due to COVID-19 (and return from hospital)
Commanders/Directors will ensure changes in quarantine/isolation status are annotated in the 412 TW COVID Tracker (https://tba.area52.afnoapps.usaf.mil/covidtracker/).
NOTE: The latest Department of the Air Force (DAF) Supplement to the Consolidated DoD Coronavirus Disease 2019 Force Health Protection Guidance is attached, Ref (b). A new version of the DoD Force Health Protection Guidance (Rev4) to align DoD with the Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce Guidance is in final stages of review and expected to be released soon.
Please direct any ICD029 REV3 questions to the 412 TW/CAT Admin Box email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
ICDs currently in effect:
013 DFAC Meal Card Holder Process During Isolation or Quarantine
019REV3 DAF Mandatory Vaccination Order for Military Members, Additional SecAF Guidance
020 Acknowledgement of Vaccination Mandate for DoD Civilian Employees
021REV2 Civilian COVID-19 Vaccination
022REV3 COVID-19 Screening Testing
024REV1 COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Procedures
029REV3 HPCON A
030 Pause Of Certain Measures Based On An Individual’s COVID-19 Vaccination Status
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has great resources regarding COVID-19. Please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Defense Health Agency also has additional information which can be found at https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Combat-Support/Public-Health/Coronavirus
For current COVID-19 trends in the US, State, and County, please visit CDC Data Tracker: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home
Please talk to your medical provider if you have any specific questions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
For more specific information, please talk to your medical provider. For general questions, you can call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
To get a COVID-19 Vaccine, visit your local pharmacy or text your zip code to 438829 (GETVAX) for a list of locations.
Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech) vaccine is available by appointment at the 412th MDG. Please make an appointment at https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX.
The US Dept of Defense has a “Spotlight for the DoD Response to COVID-19” with the latest guidelines. Link: https://www.defense.gov/Spotlights/Coronavirus-DOD-Response/
There may be additional guidance based on Agency, Service, MAJCOM, base and state/local government policy. Please talk to your supervisor for specific information. Guidance may change in response to the public health emergency.
The President created the Safer Federal Workforce task force to keep federal agency employees safe and the ability to continue operations during this pandemic.As part of ensuring a safe work environment and for operational readiness, COVID-19 vaccination is a prevention priority for this biological threat to our mission. For further information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/
Implementation of the Executive Orders and timelines may differ per federal organization. Please talk to your supervisor for specific information and guidance as it becomes available.
The only contraindication to getting a COVID-19 vaccine is if you have had a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine or the components of the vaccine.
Anyone with a high risk medical condition, especially pregnant women, are highly encouraged to get vaccinated due to potential for severe symptoms and complications from a COVID-19 infection.
For more information and specific concerns, talk to your medical provider.
Further clinical guidance can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html
Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine provides broad longer-lasting immunity, whereas an infection may not provide you the same immunity in the future.
For other FAQs, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html
Just like all other vaccines that have been developed since 1798, the COVID-19 vaccine teaches your immune system how to create proteins (called antibodies) that will recognize and fight the disease, in this case the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The COVID-19 vaccine significantly protects you from severe illness and death from COVID-19, but also decreases your risk of getting infected and transmitting disease. The research has consistently proven that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and safe. Recent studies have shown that fully vaccinated people had 5x reduced risk of infection, > 10x reduced risk of hospitalization and > 10x reduced risk of death compared to unvaccinated people. The more a population is vaccinated, the less chance the virus has to spread, replicate, mutate and cause continued pandemic harm, which will benefit all of us.
The reality of the situation: Of the over 100,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the US since June 2021, at least 90,000 could have lived if they had been vaccinated. COVID-19 is now a vaccine preventable disease and more importantly, a vaccine preventable death.
For more information, please visit the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html
For up to date science information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/covid19_vaccine_safety.html
Yes! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) strongly recommend vaccination of pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant or just had a baby.
Risks for complications from a COVID-19 infection are increased in unvaccinated pregnant women. Symptomatic pregnant women have more than twice the risk of requiring hospitalization (to include Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission, invasive ventilation, and Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)) and 70% increased risk of death. A COVID-19 infection in pregnancy also leads to pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia, coagulopathy, preterm delivery (leading to NICU stay for the baby) and stillbirth.
The CDC is tracking side effects/adverse events in vaccinated pregnant women, and there have been no safety concerns with vaccine for mom or baby. In a study of over 35,000 pregnant women who were vaccinated, no safety issues or miscarriages were identified.
In fact, just like with Influenza and TdaP vaccination, your own maternal antibodies will pass to your baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding – further protecting baby from COVID-19 after birth.
Please talk to your medical provider for any concerns and understanding the risks to you and your baby if you choose not to be vaccinated.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html
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