All information current as of July 10, 2020, at 12:03 p.m.
Here at Columbus AFB, we are following risk-based measures consistent with guidance from the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and encouraging personnel to follow force health protection guidelines in order to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Base Access: Restricted to DOD ID Card holders only; exceptions granted by group commander or higher. When entering base please do the following: Personnel entering the installation will present their ID with their arm extended outside of the vehicle for scanning done by the Entry Controller. You will also need to show both sides of your ID before being permitted entrance.
Stay connected with the latest base updates here, as well as on social media at https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusAFB/ . For immediate push notifications regarding significant changes download the Columbus Air Force Base app for iOS and Android and enable push notifications.
CDC COVID-19 Pocket Guide
HEALTH PROTECTION CONDITION (HPCON) LEVEL
- CHARLIE - Substantial: Social distance (limit meeting, social, TDYs); shelter in place indoors; or, if directed, don respirators; mass distribution of medical countermeasures, if applicable.
A MESSAGE FROM COLONEL GRAHAM
- Our focus is on early prudent steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 and safety for our Airmen, families and communities.Thank you for your support, diligence and concern regarding this National situation.
CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES
- Mississippi: 34,622
Gatherings (e.g., staff meetings, guard mount, training, testing) may include up to 20 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, so long as the gathering space allows individuals to remain at least six feet apart from other individuals throughout the gathering.
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR DOD PERSONNEL
- All DoD military and civilian personnel and their families assigned to DoD installations, facilities and surrounding areas in the U.S. and its territories are ordered to stop movement until further guidance. This includes permanent change of station (PCS) and temporary duty (TDY). Additionally, DoD components may only onboard civilian employees within the local commuting area, and military members are only authorized local leave.
The local area for personnel assigned to Columbus AFB is defined as a 2.5 hour radius outside Columbus Air Force Base for recreational use only.
Military personnel are prohibited from dining at off-base restaurants, bars, breweries, and/or similar establishments with the exceptions of briefly entering restaurants to pick up/carry-out pre-ordered meals and utilizing drive-through services.
Military personnel are prohibited from using off-base gyms. The base gym will be open to active duty military personnel under limitations.
If you’re experiencing new challenges on the home-front with managing kids, homeschooling, and any other wild factors that go on in this time of uncertainty, you’re invited to the Positive Parenting (free) 30-minute workshops happening at 1 p.m. each weekday on Zoom.
Parenting expert, Debbie Godfrey teaches these classes in a judgement-free way. She teaches one lesson a day and gives you “homework” to go test it out and report back the next day.
If you’re experiencing new acts of control issues, resistance to homework and household chores, self-esteem issues or anything else that might be driving you crazy, tune in for some practical support for restoring harmony in your home. This course is typically $500 and a 6-week course. However, Ms. Godfrey is offering it free of charge and in much smaller chunks as a way to help out parents who may be looking for guidance and or community during COVID-19.
Register for the free classes:
Effective March 20, 2020 the 14th Medical Group will institute a screening process for the Koritz Clinic. This is to protect our providers, patients, and facility. Please watch the video and check out the slide to help you get the access to care you require.
In order to reduce face-to-face, visits, the medical group is having having a nurse telephonically triage each patient prior to booking appointments. Many appointments will be virtual encounters in which the provider or nurse will contact you via phone to provide evaluation and healthcare management. Some of the other implementations include:
• As of April 20, in line with CDC guidance, all Koritz Clinic patients and visitors will be required to wear face coverings..
• The RAC will be reduced to once a day at 8-8:30 a.m. RAC is for Return-to-Fly only.
• The medical group will maximize the separation of healthy and sick patients, appointment times (face-to-face) have been adjusted to accommodate healthy-patients in the morning & sick-patients in the afternoon (to include sick call).
• Lab and Radiology will only be available for medical necessity tests.
• Dental Services are reduced to pre-deployment screenings and emergencies only.
• The Pharmacy is recommending all patients check for a 90 day supply of routine medications; if less, start now to place e-script/mail order prescriptions.
• Additionally, to decrease the face-to-face contact in the pharmacy, all patients on routine medications (new prescriptions or renewals) are to call 662-434-2168 or 662-434-3122 to activate your prescription before coming to the Medical Group.
• Furthermore, beneficiaries should utilize the express scripts for their prescriptions or request that your medication is transferred to a pharmacy in town that offers drive-thru services. Click here for directions. With this in mind, the automated refill line will be turned off Monday, March 23, and transition to a telephone interview. If you have any questions and/or would like to transfer your prescription to an off base pharmacy. Please contact our pharmacy at 662-434-2168 or 662-434-3122 or you can contact your PCM at 662-434-CARE (2273).
Base Exchange – As of March 18, the Base Exchange will open from 8:30-9 a.m. for the next 30 days to “senior (citizen)-only shopping time.” This will be re-evaluated after 30 days. All patrons must be wearing a mask/face covering before they will be granted entry into the respective facility.
*GNC- Open Mon-Fri from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Commissary – As of April 23, the Commissary will allot the the first hour of operation to individuals over 60 years and older of age to shop. All patrons must be wearing a mask/face covering before they will be granted entry into the respective facility.
On Base Food Options – Takeout only. This includes the Strike Zone Grill (bowling center), Rajun Cajun, Subway and Coffee House on 5th in order to maximize social distancing.
*Subway – Effective March 28, 2020, Subway will be changing their hours on Saturdays and Sundays. The new hours will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
*Coffee House on 5th – Effective March 24, Coffee House on 5th will be staying open until 6 p.m. to offer additional food options. Mon-Fri 6 a.m-6 p.m.\ Sat 8 a.m.-noon.\ Closed Sunday
*Bowling Center Snack Bar – Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.\ Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Arts & Crafts – Services available via appointment only.
Airmen & Family Readiness Center – Will be meeting with Airmen and family members only through one-on-one appointments only.
Base Library – Closed to patrons, however, they are still connecting through online programs. Check the Columbus Air Force Base Library Facebook pages for updates and more information.
Barber Shop – Open under further limitations set.
BLAZE Chapel – Staff will still meet with individuals on a one-on-one basis only, and their services will be made available online.
Civilian Personnel Office/NAF Human Resources Office – Will be available by appointment only for face-to-face interactions. All other business will be conducted virtually.
*If you have any question for CPO, call 662-434-2648 or email ColumbusStaffing@us.af.mil
*If you have any question for HRO call 662-434-2648 or email 14FSS.NAFHRO@us.af.mil
Finance – As of June 1, 2020, the Finance Customer Service Desk will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon-Fri. For any finance related issues/questions please call 662-434-2705 or email 14CPTS.FCS@us.af.mil
Fitness and Sports Center – Slated to open to Active Duty Military on or about June 20.
Fitness Testing - Effective 21 May 2020, all Official Fitness Assessment Testing are suspended until October 2020.
*For more information and to view your upcoming FA due date, check the Suspension of Official FA in Response to COVID-19 Memorandum
Freedom Park & Lil' Blaz'r Park– As of May 15, Freedom Park will be open during daylight hours (approx. 6 a.m.-8 p.m.). Those who use the park must wash their hands at the park bathroom or use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrance to the park before using the equipment and before leaving the park. Patrons may bring personal cleaning supplies to sanitize the equipment at their discretion. However, no more than 20 people are permitted at the park at any given time in accordance with Executive Order 1478. We ask people to adhere to this stipulation utilizing personal responsibility and accountability.
Information, Tickets and Travel – Closed until further notice.
Legal Office – Staff will still meet with Airmen by appointment only.
Military Personnel Flight – Open. Mon-Wed/Fri 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.\ Thurs 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Outdoor Recreation – Open under further limitations set.
Whispering Pines (Parent/Child Workout Center) – Closed until further notice.
Youth Center/Child Development Center -- As of March 22, 2020, the YC /CDC will utilize a screening process for entry, as well as limited to families with mission requirements.