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COVID-19 Question and Answer Round-up (3/8-3/19):

 

  • When will Edwards get more doses of vaccine?
    • DoD is currently maintaining a regular pattern of vaccine delivery.  Expectation is every 3 weeks shipment of 1st dose COVID-19 vaccines, with a follow on shipment of 2nd doses.
    • Edwards AFB is expected to receive next first dose shipment the last week of March, with appointments planned the first few days in April.
    • For most up to date information and current status, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine page at https://www.edwards.af.mil/News/COVID-19-Updates/COVID-19-Vaccination/

 

  • Can veterans and retirees get the vaccine on base?
    • The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all Tricare beneficiaries and retirees that are eligible for vaccinations via the Military Treatment Facility (MTF).
    • Veterans may be able to get the vaccine through a local VA Health Center. For more info: https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/
    • Edwards is following the DoD Population schema.  We are currently in Tiers 1a to 1c.
    • If you are in the current tier, appointments (when available) can be scheduled through the Eventbrite link (a new link is sent out per allotment) or through the Vaccine Center at 661-277-7118, Option #1, and then Option #1. Appointments are subject to availability.
    • For most up to date information and current status, please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine page at https://www.edwards.af.mil/News/COVID-19-Updates/COVID-19-Vaccination/

 

 

  • Will the directives be updated to include information and limitations for vaccinated individuals?

 

  • Can supervisors know who did or did not get the COVID-19 vaccine?
    • COVID-19 vaccines are voluntary.  In general, the COVID-19 immunization status for AD, DoD Civilians and Contractors should NOT be disclosed.  Supervisors should not be asking or keeping tabs of who in their unit got vaccinated.
    • In addition, Commanders/Directors/Supervisors should not be changing any processes or make decisions dependent on who is or is not vaccinated.
    • Commanders/Directors/Supervisors need to exercise caution in determining the limited circumstances under which knowledge of vaccination status is needed.  This should be done after consulting with Staff Judge Advocate and applicable servicing contracting officer or civilian personnel office.
    • Supervisors have to be careful that they do not influence a member in any way on decision to be vaccinated or not.

 

  • I am being told that if I take leave out of state, I will have to quarantine (and use my own leave) for 2 weeks upon my return.
    • Please review your state and county guidelines on self-quarantine following travel.  For California, visit www.covid19.ca.gov/travel/
    • Depending on the situation, your supervisor may direct a self-quarantine/restriction of movement to protect the mission and safety of others. Teleworking, if possible, may be advised in these situations.
    • Weather and Safety leave may be approved if an employee is quarantined due to suspicion of COVID-19 infection pending test results, or is directed to isolate/quarantine by public health authorities. Substantiating documentation may be required. All other use of Weather/Safety leave would need approval.
    • Please contact Civilian Personnel for further guidance and questions regarding leave. 

POC: Lt Col Michelle Wueste, Public Health Emergency Officer

Edwards AFB is now in HPCON ALPHA

FSS HPCON-A Plan as of 20210419

FLIGHT

HPCON-A CHANGE

FSC Civilian Personnel Flight

- Decrease telework

FSD Force Development Flight

- Expand walk-in services at Ed & Trng Ctr

- Increase in-person programs at Library

- Decrease telework

FSH Airmen & Family Readiness Flight

- A&FRC meeting space opens

- Decrease telework

FSM Manpower and Organization Flight

- Decrease telework

FSP Military Personnel Flight

- Decrease telework

- Expand walk-in services

FSR Resource Management Flight

- Continue full ops

FSV Sustainment Services Flight

- Reopen Fitness Ctr to all with base access; masks still required

- Exercise classes restarting

- Expand Intramural sports

- Expand indoor dining at DFAC to 50% capacity

FSW Community Services Flight

- Expand indoor dining to 50%

- Reopen child play area in Bowling Center

- Expand Outdoor recreation programming to Airmen and families

- Community golfers restart vetting with SFS

- Expand Community Center activities/programs

FSY Child and Youth Services Flight

- Change back to DoD priorities vs ME; starting 1 May

- Increase number of kids per room; coord with PH

- Expand youth sports

- Expand youth classes

 

APPLICABLE TO ALL PERSONNEL ON EDWARDS AND AF PLANT 42:

  • All indoor retail facilities (e.g. BX, DeCA, Shoppette) are limited to 20% of Fire Marshall capacity. Facility Owners will affirmatively track customer loads.
  • Mask wear required in all indoor settings; the only exceptions are for safety of test/mission/flight
  • All individuals (military, civilian, and contractor) will pre-emptively track Close Contacts while on duty; all military members will track non-co-habitation Close Contacts 24/7; Other formats are acceptable and will be presented to Public Health upon request.

ALL HANDS ON DECK MENTALITY TO CONNECTEDNESS/RESILIENCY

  • The Social Pillar of Comprehensive Airman Fitness continues to be significantly restricted by the realities of the Pandemic. Therefore we must all increase our attention to the remaining Three Pillars; Physical, Spiritual, Mental.
  • Chaplains remain available for spiritual care & confidential counseling. During duty hours call 277-2110. After duty hours call command post at 277-3040.

COVID-19 Testing

Tests available – 412th MDG - Main Clinic – Drive Through
         Open Mon-Fri 0730-1300 (except MDG Closure Days) 0730-1130 beginning 15 MAR 2021

Who can get tested:

•All Tricare/MTF Beneficiaries (AD, Dependents, Retirees, NATO) & DoD/NAF Civilians (Edwards/Plant 42) are eligible

When to get tested:

IF YOU FEEL SICK (Reminder: Stay home and isolate from others)

•If you are a close contact (within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) of someone with COVID-19 or identified by Public Health as a close contact (Reminder: Stay home and quarantine from others)

•If you need a test for Mission Essential purposes – and have Supervisor written request or documented requirements

•If you were identified by a Trusted Agent as part of the Sentinel Surveillance System

•If you are a MTF Beneficiary and need pre-procedure/pre-travel test – with documented guidance/requirements

Where to find results:

•Online – MHS Genesis Patient Portal https://patientportal.mhsgenesis.health.mil/  (must have DS Login or CAC)

 

Off Base Testing Sites (may be a fee; Active Duty need referral for Urgent Care)

•Kern County: https://www.kerncounty.com/government/covid-19-testing-sites

•LA County: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/

•City of Lancaster: https://www.cityoflancasterca.org/services/special-notices-warnings/city-of-lancaster-covid-19-testing

•Local Pharmacies

Local Information

The 412th MDG places the highest priority on the safety of our patients, staff, and providers, while maintaining high quality clinical care at all our facilities. In an effort to protect everyone, we ask that you work with us to minimize the risk of infection and spreading of germs.

If you develop flu-like symptoms with fever and cough or shortness of breath and may have had contact with a person who has COVID-19, or had recent travel to countries considered high-risk, contact your health care provider before seeking medical care to prevent possible transmission in the health care setting.

If you are normally seen at the Edwards AFB clinic, please first call the 412th MDG appointment line at 661-277-7118 prior or the TRICARE nurse advice line at 1-800-874-2273.

Should I keep my appointment with my provider?

Yes. Please keep existing appointments, unless you are feeling unwell. If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact our office the medical appointment line is 661-277-7118 to reschedule your appointment. All of our clinics, remain open to serve the needs of the community.

Should I wear a facemask?

Secretary Esper issued guidance to the workforce on April 5 on the use of cloth face coverings. Effective immediately, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers. This guidance applies to all service members, DOD civilians, contractors, families (apart from residences on installations) and all other individuals on DOD property. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

For the guidance, visit https://media.defense.gov/2020/Apr/05/2002275059/-1/-1/1/DOD-GUIDANCE-ON-THE-USE-OF-CLOTH-FACE-COVERINGS.PDF. also check out the Face mask Fact Sheet.

What is the current level of risk for COVID-19?

The CDC says the immediate health risk to the general public in the U.S. is low, even as additional cases are expected. For most people, the novel coronavirus produces a mild illness, and many of those infected don’t even know they have it. As with influenza, in some cases it can lead to serious illness such as pneumonia and death. It appears that the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are most susceptible.

What is the MDG doing to protect patients?

All exam rooms, tables, etc. are disinfected between patients.

All commonly used surfaces are disinfected multiple times per day.

Rigorous hand hygiene protocol is enforced for all providers and staff.

We are screening all patients for symptoms and travel history.

For those patients with symptoms or travel exposure risk, we will adhere to the CDC and Public health protocols designed to prevent transmission.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties

Please contact our office the medical appointment line is 661-277-7118 if you experience these symptoms and Public health authorities will determine if you should be tested.

What can I do to protect myself and others?

Public health officials recommend the following steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick and do not travel or report to work
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and common use items
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

For updates on the coronavirus, please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

Information for DoD Civilian Personnel:

https://www.dcpas.osd.mil/OD/EmergencyPreparedness

 

Additional Information for TRICARE Beneficiaries:

 

official travel toolkit

       

Telework Toolkit

      

Overview

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly changing situation. While supporting other government agencies’ response to the COVID-19 threat, the Department of the Air Force is responding appropriately to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness.

The 412th Test Wing leadership is engaged on a daily basis with Air Force Materiel Command leadership, Headquarters Air Force and members of the health care community for the most current status of the virus and what precautions are required to ensure the health and readiness of our Airmen, Civilian Airmen and families.

For overall information on the Air Force response and to view a comprehensive list of resources, visit the Air Force COVID-19 feature page. For specific information pertaining to local installations, please visit your base website and follow along on social media.

 

GLOSSARY

Mission Essential - Those organizational activities that must be performed under all circumstances to achieve DoD component missions or responsibilities, as determined by the appropriate functional commander or civilian equivalent. Failure to perform or sustain these functions would significantly affect DoD’s ability to provide vital services or exercise authority, direction, and control.

Mission Critical - Those activities deemed by the Wing Commander to be critical to the safe and orderly operation of the base. It also includes those activities in support of an Urgent Operational Need from a Combatant Commander.

Operationally Necessary - Contract activities that, while not mission essential and do not include specific responsibilities and DFARS clauses, are activities that would cause a significant impact to the installation if an activity were halted and contract performance cannot be performed via telework. Determination of Operationally Necessary can be designated by Installation leadership and determined on a case-by-case basis.

Close Contact - (a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of any person for a prolonged period of time, or (b) having direct contact with secretions of any person (e.g., being coughed on), if such contact occurs while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment or PPE.

Quarantine - Voluntary or compulsory separation and ROM of persons who are not ill but have been exposed to an infectious agent and therefore may become infectious, for the purpose of preventing or limiting the spread of disease.

Restriction of Movement (ROM) - Limiting personnel movement to prevent or limit the transmission of a communicable disease, including limiting ingress and egress to, from, or on a military installation; isolation; and/or quarantine.

Isolation - The separation of an individual or group infected or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease for those who are healthy in such a place and manner to prevent the spread of the communicable disease.

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