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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Robins return to full capacity from your installation command team.- May 7, 2020
Brig. Gen. John Kubinec, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex commander, and Marion Williams, AFGE Local 987 president, speak about the WR-ALC return to full capacity.
As states across the U.S. begin to slowly reopen their economies, Air Force Materiel Command leaders are similarly readying to return to full mission capacity following major disruptions caused by COVID-19.
A message from Lt. Gen. Gene Kirkland.
The 78th Medical Group Clinical Laboratory at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, activated their in-house COVID-19 molecular testing capabilities May 7, becoming the first Air Force Sustainment Center clinic to offer in-house COVID-19 testing.
As Robins Air Force Base begins to follow suit and reopen base facilities to welcome patrons, it’s important to remember the virus causing COVID-19 and the risk of contracting it are still present. Protecting yourself and others from becoming infected is just as important now as it was before.
Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019, the Department of Defense has taken actions to reduce visits to DoD identification card offices for basic actions such as renewal of expiring credentials, reissuing of dependents or retiree ID cards, and reissuing of an ID or common access cards for name or rank changes. These changes will remain in effect until Sept. 30.
Social distancing, teleworking with children at home, and non-stop media reports of the coronavirus pandemic have left many feeling out of sorts. In the midst of this national crisis, Robins helping agency experts are reaching out to remind people that the base and surrounding community has resources available to help you not only keep your head above water, but thrive during these uncertain times. (courtesy graphic)
COVID-19 Social Distancing Order

Robins Current Situation

ROBINS CURRENT SITUATION
-Eliminates Group Size restrictions (still requires 6-feet social distancing or masks, except at work or with families)
-Public Health Emergency extended 90 days from Oct. 6, 2020.

HPCON BRAVO+

HPCON BRAVO+ means although trends and risk to mission and Force and Families are reduced, the COVID-19 threat and risk of exposure both on and off the installation remains prevalent. As such, social distancing, hygiene, masks and cleaning behaviors remain critical as we live and operate at Robins AFB. Please communicate continued critical components of HPCON Bravo+ for execution within our units and facilities as follows:

-Protect our vulnerable, high risk individuals.
-Practice of social distancing (six feet separation at work, while in training classes, and all other times).
-Wearing face coverings, cleaning and disinfecting routinely, and practicing appropriate hand cleansing hygiene, remains imperative in our fight against COVID-19.
-Telework is still highly encouraged where possible.
-Installation restrictions, Social Distancing Order, and the Public Health Emergency Order remain in effect.
-If a member develops any symptoms associated with COVID-19 -- a fever of 100.4 Fahrenheit or above, cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea -- or may have had contact with a person who has COVID-19, should contact their health care provider before seeking medical care to prevent possible transmission in the health care setting.
-If you are normally seen at Robins AFB’s 78th Medical Group, please call the TRICARE nurse advice line first at 1-800-874-2273, or the 78th MDG appointment line at 478-327-7850 prior to the visit. If you are normally seen by an off-base provider please call the Georgia Department of Health first at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584) prior to your visit.

Team Robins, this continues to be an evolving pandemic.

For the latest updates, please go to the CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus website at:
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

For local information, visit:
northcentralhealthdistrict.org/coronavirus/

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
The 78 MDG/Public Health recommends that any individual with flu like symptoms (listed below) stay home and not attend school/work to help prevent the spread of any sickness. Additionally, please ensure proper precautions are used such as social distancing, hand washing, and proper cough etiquette. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. 

You can access the full list of symptoms on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If you are normally seen at Robins 78th Medical Group, please first call the TRICARE nurse advice line at 1-800-874-2273 or the 78MDG appointment line at 478-327-7850 prior to the visit. If you are normally seen by an off base provider, please first call the Georgia Department of Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584) prior to your visit.

COMMON RESPIRATORY VIRUS SYMPTOMS

As we continue to update the public we want to keep you abreast that there are multiple viruses which may cause the symptoms of: 

  • Scratchy or sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Mucus draining from your nose into your throat
  • Cough

The most common is the rhinovirus, which is thought to be responsible for at least 50% of common colds. Other viruses that can cause colds include coronavirus (typical) not COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza and parainfluenza.
The COVID-19 has been found to have three common symptoms: fever, cough and shortness of breath. The travel history is also very important.

PROTECT YOURSELF

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. CDC recommendations on how to protect yourself can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

When to use a mask
According to the CDC, cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with everyday preventive actions and social distancing in public settings. These face coverings are used to help protect others in case you're infected but don't have symptoms. To wear a face covering correctly, it should be placed over your nose and mouth and secured under your chin. Additional information can be found at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html.

Quarantine Instructions

Individuals in quarantine may have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 due to travel to/from countries and states with community spread and are not yet symptomatic.

The installation commander has required all individuals meeting one of the categories below to undergo a 14-day quarantine:

1)    You travelled to/from or through CDC Level 3 countries  in the past 14 days
2)    You travelled to/from or through CDC Level 2 countries in the past 14 days

Individuals undergoing quarantine should follow the steps below.

  • Take temperature twice a day
  • Monitor for these signs:
    -    Feeling feverish or develop a fever (Temperature 100.4°F or greater)
    -    Cough
    -    Difficulty breathing
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible. If not possible, disinfect bathroom after each use to prevent transmission to housemate.
  • Refrain from attending social gatherings and being within 6 feet of other individuals

If you are asymptomatic at the end of your quarantine period, you can return to work. If you develop a fever or begin having any signs/symptoms stated above, please call one of the following numbers before seeking medical care:

  • (478) 327-7850 if normally seen at the 78th Medical Group
  • ​1-866-782-4584 if normally seen by an off base provider
  • The State COVID-19 hotline: (844) 442-2681

Individuals should also call their unit leadership after calling their healthcare providers.

IF YOU ARE ISOLATED

Individuals in isolation should follow the instructions in the Quarantine Self-Monitoring Guide above and instructions recommended by the CDC in the link provided.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

CDC Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfection can be found at the link below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fhome%2Fcleaning-disinfection.html

When to Discontinue Home Isolation

For an individual that has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolating at home, they should follow the guidance below. 

Discontinuing home isolation 
Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms must remain under home isolation precautions until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Symptoms have improved

Persons who have not had COVID-19 symptoms but tested positive must remain under home isolation precautions until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test and they have not developed symptoms since their positive test

Additional guidance can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html.

TRAVEL HEALTH NOTICES AND RESTRICTIONS

For current information on CDC Travel Health Notices, please visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. For travel advisories, please check https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

Effective until further notice, for all travel, including mission essential, PCS, TDY, or other circumstances, all non-essential travel throughout designated locations will cease for 60 days. 

Foreign Clearance Guide

Those approved to travel outside of Italy must comply with directives listed in the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG), which can be found at: https://www.fcg.pentagon.mil/fcg.cfm

Since 2/20/2020, several countries have updated their FCGs; members should review the FCG for changes prior to traveling.

The FCG provides necessary information for aircraft international mission planning and execution, personnel travel to foreign countries, as well as general information on foreign locations. The FCG main page also has information regarding Coronavirus 2019 travel considerations.

Team Robins Resiliency

Airman and Family Readiness Center

78 MDG Mental Health, Family Advocacy, and ADAPT Services

Chaplain Corps Team

  • Please call (478) 926-2821 to make an appointment for phone or face-to-face counseling.  If you have an emergent need, please stop by the Chapel (bldg 769).
  • The Robins Chapel will have all worship services shown Facebook live at their normal times.   Connect with Facebook, www.facebook.com/robinsbasechapel              
  • In addition, the Robins Ministerial Alliance (Civilian On-Call Clergy) is still available (0700-1900, Monday-Friday).  For assistance, please call (478) 352-1190.

OMS Psychologist

  • A psychologist is available, at no cost, for any civilian who works at Robins AFB. Phone appointments only.  Call (478) 327-7590 for any of the following services: therapy, supervisor/management consultations, presentations/trainings, evaluations, crisis intervention, workplace outreach and prevention initiatives.

Adult Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLC) and Child & Behavior (CYB) MFLC: 

  • Counselors are available for phone or video counseling services. For Assistance call (478) 501-0730 for Adult MFLC or (478) 538-5439 for CYB MFLC.

Air Force Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • On-base consultants are still available for phone and web-based services; no face-to-face appointments at this time.  Please call 1-866-580-9078 for assistance

Civilian Health Promotion Services (CHPS)

Health Promotions / Dietitian

  • Offering virtual health and wellness services to the workforce.  Contact Kendra Hill at (717) 715-7410 or email at kendra.a.hill.ctr@mail.mil for assistance

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Office

  • Services are still available 24-hours a day through our 24/7 support line.           
  • Eligible survivors of sexual assault can get support and services such as forensic exams, legal support, and other confidential victim advocacy services.  If you or someone you know was sexually assaulted and needs to make a report or talk to someone, please call 478-327-7272.

School Liaison Office:

  • Available for phone appointment only.  Call 478-337-1003 for assistance. 
  • The Robins School Liaison is posting online learning resources and the latest COVID-19 educational updates daily.  Follow the School Liaison Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RobinsSLO

Equal Opportunity (EO) Office:

  • Services are available by appointment only; no walk-ins.  All intakes, initial interviews & ADR processes will be conducted over the phone.  Call (478) 926-2131 for assistance.

Legal Assistance:

  • Services are available by appointment only, no walk-ins.  Call 478-926-9276 for assistance. Hours: Mon – Thurs 0900 - 1600

Air Force Aid Society

  • For military members who may need financial assistance, please go online (https://afas.org/emergencyassistance/) to complete the application and then call A&FRC At 478-926-1256 to schedule an appointment.  If the office is closed, please leave a message and a staff member will return your call the next duty day.  For emergency assistance after hours, please contact the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337. 

Suicide Prevention Hotline

78th Medical Group

  • 78th Medical Group beneficiaries may call the 78th MDG Public Health office at (478) 327-8019 about any public health alerts regarding COVID-19.
  • If you feel you may have symptoms and are a 78th MDG beneficiary, please call the 78th MDG appointment line at (478) 327-7850 prior to your visit.

Georgia Department of Health

  • If you are not a 78th MDG beneficiary, please call the Georgia Department of Health at 1-866-782-4584 for information regarding public health alerts and if you feel you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms.

In addition our Middle Georgia community and businesses are actively identifying needs and resources in response to our current situation. 

  • The Robins Regional Chamber is a great resource to stay abreast of how our local businesses and restaurants are adjusting business hours, practices, and resources provided.  www.Robinsregion.com/robinsstrong/   
  • Food Resources; see attachment 2 for Houston County Board of Education "Meals for Kids" and local food banks. 

**If you have an emergency and need to speak with a mental health provider or chaplain during off-duty hours, please call the Robins Command Post at 478-327-2612.

COVID-19 Support Agency Resources
COVID-19 Food Support Resources Guide

Robins Air Force Base Updates

COVID-19 Q&A

CONTACT INFORMATION

Robins AFB
Medical Appointments: Commercial: 478-327-7850, DSN: 497-7850

Other Numbers:
TRICARE Nurse Advice Line 1-800-874-2273
Georgia Department of Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584)

Social Media:
Robins AFB Facebook

Useful Websites:
TRICARE

Telework Instructions

78 ABW Telework Checklist
78 ABW Telework Setup Guide
Personal Computer Email Guide

This is only guidance for authorized teleworking employees. Please follow your organization’s direction and policy regarding telework.