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COVID-19 CURRENT SITUATION FOR COLUMBUS AFB

LATEST INFORMATION 
All information current as of March 27, 2020, at 11:00 a.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. 

 

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 WEEKS
- 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: 758
- Columbus AFB: 1

 

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR DOD PERSONNEL
- Effective March 16, 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 May 11, 2020. 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 the city in which you live and the area from your home to your place of work. 

 

CITY OF COLUMBUS CURFEW 

- As of March 21, 2020 the city has issued a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, with essential travel only. We will restrict our travel to essential travel only during this window.

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 slide 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:

• 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).

COVID-19 GENERAL INFO

PREVENTION

  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
  • 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.

Prescription Refills

ID Check Procedures