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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

 

The Department of Defense (DoD) is implementing Force Health Protection actions.  These actions are necessary to ensure mission readiness for our forces and their families.

We encourage all DoD personnel to follow the Force Health Protection guidance and supplements as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

The primary goal of DoD is to preserve the ability of our servicemen and women to provide for national defense and current worldwide military missions. 

This is a dynamic situation and DoD will adapt to the situation to ensure that we can accomplish our assigned missions. 

Please continue to monitor this page for more information  

For the latest information on the DoD response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, to include the latest instructions for face coverings, please click here

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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. Additionally, CDC has released Level Three travel advisory notices for Japan and Australia.  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.

Continue to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, cough into your sleeve, no hand shaking, and practice personal distancing (two arm’s length). JDIR and/or Section Chiefs ensure daily verbal health check of personnel (i.e., any flu-like systems). Do not come to work if sick. Consider the limitation or cancellation of meetings, training events, etc.; as well as implementing telework and staggered shift options at supervisors discretion. These actions can dramatically decrease the risk of infection and slow COVID-19’s spread.

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.

As a reminder, if you are feeling ill with fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your medical provider or the TRICARE Nurse Advise Line at 800-874-2273.  

For more information on COVID-19, online resources are provided below.

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FAQ on Elective Surgical, Invasive, and Dental Procedures in Military Treatment Facilities as of 24 March 2020 (link) 

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FAQ on Travel Restriction as of 18 March 2020 (pdf) 

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The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for American: 15-Day to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus  (March 17)

Whitehouse.gov 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance 

Coronavirus.gov

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Statement by the Department of Defense on Domestic Travel Restrictions as of 13 March 2020. New travel restrictions for service members, DoD civilians, and their families assigned to DoD installations, facilities and surrounding areas within the Unites States and its territories. This restriction will halt all domestic travel, including Permanent Change of Station, and Temporary Duty. Service members will be authorized local leave only, following Service guidelines. This new guidance is effective March 16 and continues through May 11. 

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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
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Travel Advisories 
 

CDC Travel Advisories For current information on travel advisories, visit the resources below:  

CDC Travel Advisories: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

State Department Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html 

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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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Resources:   

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/

 

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/

 

Military OneSource

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/coronavirus

 

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
 


(last updated:  25 March 2020)