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COVID-19 CURRENT SITUATION FOR COLUMBUS AFB

LATEST INFORMATION
All information current as of July 29, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

 

To schedule an appointment for the COVID Vaccine click on the link below:

https://informatics-stage.health.mil/Columbus14MGCOVIDApp/

 

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

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. Military personnel must report through their chain of command being tested for COVID and the COVID test results as soon as possible

Base Access:  Under normal regulation. DoD ID access and visitor pass access. 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. 

*UPDATE* 29 July 21 Effective Immediately

MASK REQUIREMENTS
All individuals on CAFB and all individuals assigned to CAFB performing official duties from any location other than the individual’s
home, including outdoor shared spaces, will: 

1. Wear a mask in accordance with the most current CDC guidelines.
2. Follow CDC guidance and practice physical distancing, specifically by staying at least 6 feet from other people who are not from an individual’s household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

WHO IS AFFECTED?

1. All military personnel assigned to CAFB (even while on leave/pass outside the local area) and military personnel TDY at CAFB are ordered to comply with these requirements.
Violations of these orders by military personnel may constitute a crime under Article 92, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and may result in administrative or disciplinary action, including but not limited to punishment under Article 15, UCMJ, or court-martial.
2. The face mask requirements are also applicable to civilians while on CAFB.
Violations of these requirements may result in civilian discipline (as applicable) and/or barment from CAFB.

GENERAL EXCEPTIONS TO MASK WEAR

1. When an individual is alone in an office with floor-to-ceiling walls with a closed door;
2. For brief periods of time when eating and drinking while maintaining distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines;
3. When the mask is required to be lowered briefly for identification or security purposes;
4. When a health condition exists that prohibits mask wear and the individual has documentation from a healthcare provider explaining the condition and how mask wear negatively affects the condition;
5. When necessary to accommodate a religious belief;
6. When outdoors and proper physical distancing can be maintained;
7. When an individual is alone in a vehicle or is sharing the vehicle only with members of their household;
8. When actively participating in physical fitness activities indoors or outdoors and physical distancing is maintained or other mitigation measures are used;
9. When use substantively interferes with the proper wear and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for one’s duties;
10. When personnel are in primary aircrew positions during critical phases of flight or emergencies or when using flight crew oxygen equipment;
11. When occupational personal protective equipment is being used (e.g., PPE used by personnel on the Respiratory Protection Program, surgical masks in a healthcare setting, fire fighters wearing supplied air respirators, Airmen wearing CBRN masks, etc.);
12. When clear or unrestricted visualization of verbal communication is essential for safe and effective operations.

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

 

VACCINE INFORMATION

https://www.facebook.com/130324130321170/videos/2720147354964908

VACCINE DISTRIBUTION PLAN

DoD Distribution memo

DOD POPULATION SCHEMA & PHASES

https://www.defense.gov/portals/1/Spotlight/2020/coronavirus/vaccine-availability/SCHEMA.pdf

STATE OF MISSISSIPPI COVID INFORMATION

https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html

COVID-19 Executive Orders Summarized

 

HEALTH PROTECTION CONDITION (HPCON) LEVEL
- BRAVO, Moderate 

When the HPCON is B, or “BRAVO,” your area is experiencing an increase in community transmissions. Follow the guidelines for the previous HPCONs along with the following:

  • Practice social distancing. Avoid unnecessary contact with others, such as shaking hands and hugging.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel, especially to areas known to be experiencing active disease transmission.
  • Ensure supplies of food, medication and other items needed for babies and pets are available to last at least 14 days.
  • Prepare for travel restrictions and cancellation of public gatherings, such as school, religious and other community activities. Make alternative arrangements for childcare.
  • Observe local guidance on movement restrictions and access requirements for military installations.
  • Seek guidance from employers and unit leaders about changes to work practices (for example, telework) and training events.
  • Comply with medical orders for self-isolation or quarantine.

 

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.

 

GATHERING LIMITATIONS

Gatherings (e.g., staff meetings, guard mount, training, testing) may include up to 10 people (when social distancing not possible) indoors and 50 people (social distancing not possible) outdoors. Social distancing requires individuals to remain at least six feet apart from other individuals throughout the gathering.

Kaye – 92 person limit
Event Center/Club – 145 person limit
Phillips Auditorium – 22 person limit
Walker Center – 112 person limit

 

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR DOD PERSONNEL
DoD personnel are allowed to travel inside of the local area. The local area for personnel assigned to Columbus Air Force Base is defined as a 4.0 hour radius outside Columbus AFB. Per DoD policy, military members must be on leave or a regular/special pass to travel outside the local area.

Leave is allowed under restrictions.

Per DoD policy, a squadron commander is the lowest approval authority for CONUS leave/pass outside the local area. A group commander is the lowest approval authority for OCONUS leave/pass.

 

OFF-LIMITS AREAS

Any Business or establishment that does not comply with Federal, State, and local COVID requirements.

The base gym is open to active duty military personnel and dependents under limitations.
 

COVID-19 Prevention

COVID-19 Education (Click picture)

14th Medical Group Screening Process

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 slides to help you get the access to care you require.

https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusAFB/videos/242511133550765/

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 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).

• Additionally, to decrease the face-to-face contact in the pharmacy, 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).

HPCON Levels

COVID-19 GENERAL INFO

PREVENTION

  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
  • Wear a mask
  • Don't touch your face
  • Cover your cough with a tissue or your elbow
  • Stay home if you are sick

SYMPTOMS

  • Fever >100.4F
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

    If you experience these symptoms, DO NOT COME TO THE CLINIC. Call the Nurse Advice Line immediately at  1-800-TRICARE (1-800-874-2273), option 1.

Face Coverings

New DoD guidance encourages all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities to wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six-feet of physical distance in public areas or work centers, this includes the Commissary and The Exchange. (This does not include in a service member's or family's personal residence on a military installation.)

AF Guidance on cloth coverings

CDC Guidance & Suggestions

Prescription Refills

ID Check Procedures

Positive Parenting Classes Available

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:

https://www.positiveparenting.com