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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms,

or

Had contact with someone who may be  COVID-19 positive

CALL THE NURSE ADVICE LINE

at 1-800-874-2273 ext. 1

If unable to connect, then call Tripler Army Medical Center

at (808) 433-6661 or (808) 433-3710

Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath

 

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Phase 1 of Hawaii’s plan to re-open its businesses and facilities, the following operations can re-open on May 7. Click here for more details.

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** A recent Secretary of the Navy Memo states that, “to the extent practical, 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.” **

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19​

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Guidance on Military Pay and Personnel Benifits

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HPCON Level C Update

 

USINDOPACOM Area of Operations is now at HPCON Level CHARLIE: Substantial Risk. 

In addition to the continued spread of the coronavirus, the State of Hawaii has seen a significant increase in cases. On 23 March, the Governor of Hawaii issued a Stay at Home order effective through 30 April. Effective immediately and in order to align the Force, the Theater baseline is set at HPCON CHARLIE for the INDOPACOM area of operations.

HPCON CHARLIE is defined as an elevated risk of sustained community transmission.  People have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected may not be known, and the spread is ongoing.  There may be situations where only mission-essential personnel will report to work; service members should contact their chain of command to determine status and work requirements.  Mission essential travel means remaining at home except to leave for work in critical jobs as prescribed by unit chains of command; to buy groceries or other important goods; to receive or provide health care; to drop off or pick up children from care; and to get fresh air while observing 6-foot social distancing between non-family members.  There also may be additional stop movement on certain installations and additional restriction of movement for those potentially exposed.  

Component and Sub-Unified Commanders shall review and mitigate risks commensurate with the sustained community transmission of COVID-19. It is important that subordinate/installation Commanders work to meet the intent of HPCON C while tailoring specific implementation measures to their unique circumstances.

USINDOPACOM will continue to enforce strict hygiene procedures and implement home quarantine/isolation procedures as required. The Command's top priority is to preserve the ability of our servicemen and women to provide for national defense and current worldwide military missions.  The bottom line, we must Protect our People and Preserve Readiness.

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Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:          

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.  

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

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Guidance for medical/dental appointments

Today, the Department of Defense issued guidance directing that all Military Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and Dental Treatment Facilities (DTFs) postpone all elective surgeries, invasive procedures, and dental procedures as of March 31, 2020 for 60 days. Click the below link to learn more and view FAQ’s regarding how you or your family may be impacted:

https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2123633/fact-sheet-elective-surgery-and-procedures/

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**Domestic Travel Policy Update - AS OF June 11, 2020**

The Secretary of Defense recently signed a memo, moving to a conditions-based, phased approach to personnel movement and travel. As of today, the following locations meet the conditions to lift travel restrictions, subject to the assessment of conditions at individual military installations within these areas. These criteria are: 1) removal of shelter-in-place orders or other travel restrictions 2) 14-day downward trajectory of flu-like and COVID-19-like symptoms; and 3) 14-day downward trajectory of new COVID-19 cases or positive tests. The secretaries of the military departments, commanders of the combatant commands, and the chief management officer will assess specific DOD installations, facilities, or locations under their purview.

Read the full message here: https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2211257/travel-restrictions-green-locations-june-8-2020/

 

Self-Quarantine Advisory

**From this point forward all HQSVCBN travelers returning from level 2 or 3 locations need to execute 14 days self-quarantine and provide notification to the battalion. If at any time travelers become symptomatic they need to contact Tripler Army Medical center (TAMC) ((808) 433-6629) for further instructions.  Those instructions will likely be to check in at the ER, complete a questionnaire, have your temperature taken, and be tested for COVID-19.**

Travel Advisories

The Department of Defense memo “Travel Restriction for DOD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019” restricts travel for service members, DoD civilians, and families traveling to, from, or through Level 3 locations for 60 days from March 13, 2020.

Level 4 Locations:

People's Republic of China (PRC), South Korea (Daegu only)

Level 3 Locations:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City.

Additionally, effective March 13 commands must determine whether official travel to areas other than Level 3 countries are mission essential and must defer non-mission essential travel. “Mission-essential travel refers to work that must be performed to ensure the continued operations of mission-essential functions,” according to the memo.

In addition, effective March 13, 2020, and for the 60 days thereafter, concurrent official travel for family members of DoD uniformed personnel and civilian personnel is denied to CDC Travel Health Notices Level 2 (COVID-19) designated locations.

Level 2 locations:

All OCONUS locations and locations that are not U.S. States, Territories or protectorates.

**Any traveler who travels to or through a CDC Alert Level 2 country will need to self-quarantine in a suitable residence.  A suitable residence requires separate head facilities and the ability to avoid close contact with other individuals in that residence.  Open bays, shared rooms, or rooms with a shared head are not suitable.**

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Resources:   

Leaders Reference Card for Leaders at All Levels

https://www.marines.mil/Portals/1/Docs/LeadersRefCardCOVID19.pdf

World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

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

CDC Travel Health Alerts: 

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

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html

U.S. Department of Defense: Coronavirus Response:

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/

U.S. Department of Defense: FAQ - Travel Restrictions:

https://media.defense.gov/2020/Mar/13/2002264270/-1/-1/1/FAQ-TRAVEL-RESTRICTIONS.PDF

Military Health System resources on coronavirus:  

https://www.health.mil/news/in-the-spotlight/coronavirus 

State of Hawaii, Department of Health:

https://health.hawaii.gov/news/covid-19-updates/

Regional Information:      

U.S. Forces Japan
https://www.usfj.mil/US-Forces-Japan-COVID-19/

U.S. Forces Korea
https://www.usfk.mil/Media/News/Article/2070556/usfk-covid-19-information/

U.S. European Command
https://www.eucom.mil/eucom-covid-19-updates

U.S. Southern Command
https://www.southcom.mil/Media/Special-Coverage/Coronavirus-Info-For-SOUTHCOM-Personnel/

U.S. Northern Command
https://www.northcom.mil/Coronavirus/

U.S. Africa Command
https://www.africom.mil/covid-19-updates

SECDEF Travel Restrictions Memorandum as of 11 March 2020 applies to all forms of official travel, including PCS, TDY, and Government-funded leave. It also applies to DoD uniformed personnel on personal leave and other non-official travel. For up-to-date information on CDC Travel Health Notices Level 3 (COVID-19) designated locations, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices. Updated, country-specific travel information can also be found at https://www.fcg.pentagon.mil/fcg.cfm

FAQ on Travel Restriction as of 13 March 2020 (pdf) 

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Helping Homebound Children 

https://www.cstsonline.org/assets/media/documents/CSTS_FS_Helping_Homebound_Children_during_COVID19_Outbreak.pdf

https://usmc-mccs.org/coronavirus/

https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

 https://ymca360.org/on-demand#/

https://pbskids.org/

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