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COVID Vaccines are available to anyone 18+ with base access with appointment.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Robins Current Situation

UPDATED COVID-19 MASK USE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ORDER - MAY 14, 2021

Based on trends and recommendations from Public Health, we have transitioned to Health Protection Condition (HPCON) BRAVO+ effective Wednesday, Feb. 10. This pandemic requires us to navigate a delicate balance of mission, protection, and resilience. 

HPCON ALPHA:  What does this mean for Team Robins and our families?

There is a limited threat to personnel based on the existence of a disease or unusual human health threat that has the potential to rapidly move into the local area. As such, social distancing, hygiene, masks, vaccination and cleaning behaviors remain critical as we live and operate at Robins AFB. Please communicate continued critical components of HPCON ALPHA for execution within our units and facilities as follows: 

  • Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is highly encouraged to protect vulnerable high risk individuals. 
  • If not yet fully vaccinated, practice social distancing (six feet of separation between you and another individual) at all times. Wear face a covering, clean and disinfect your work area routinely and practice appropriate hand cleansing hygiene. These steps remain imperative in the fight against COVID-19. 
  • 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 -- and 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.

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/

78th Medical Group Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/78MDG

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

Is getting the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets strict standards for vaccine clinical trials to be conducted with thousands of study participants. Scientific data and other information from these trials are used by the FDA to determine if the vaccine is safe and effective. If the standards are met, the FDA can make the vaccine available for use in the US by approval or through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). A committee composed of medical and public health experts also reviews the data before making recommendations to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These efforts are to ensure individuals receive a safe and effective vaccine. 
 

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
The FDA has approved an EUA for the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be used on individuals 16 years of age and older. The two-dose regimen, given 21 days apart, is 95% effective in providing immunity; however, data on how long the immunity lasts are currently not available. It’s important to note previously infected individuals can benefit from vaccination due to the risk of COVID-19 reinfection once immunity wanes after 90 days. 
 

MODERNA COVID-19 vaccine
The FDA has approved an EUA for the MODERNA COVID-19 vaccine to be used on individuals 18 years of age and older. The two-dose regimen, given 28 days apart, is 95% effective in providing immunity; however, data on how long the immunity lasts are currently not available. It’s important to note previously infected individuals can benefit from vaccination due to the risk of COVID-19 reinfection once immunity wanes after 90 days. 

There are no data available on if both the Pfizer and MODERNA vaccines can be interchanged to complete the vaccination series. It’s strongly advised if you receive the first dose from either manufacturer to receive the second dose from the same manufacturer.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine and influenza vaccine at the same time?
For individuals planning on receiving the influenza vaccine, it is highly encouraged they receive the influenza vaccine as soon as possible in order to avoid interfering with the COVID-19 vaccine, which should not be received 14 days before or after receiving any type vaccine.

Additional information about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

The U.K. SARS-CoV-2 variant
The Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed cases of the U.K. variant have been identified in Georgia. No other COVID-19 variants have been identified in Georgia. According to the CDC, this variant is associated with increased transmissibility and scientists from the UK reported it “may be associated with an increased risk of death compared with other variants.” The CDC is investigating if the currently authorized vaccines are effective at providing immunity to the U.K. variant.  So far, studies have shown our immune systems still recognize the variant; however, more studies are being conducted to obtain more information. Please continue to be vigilant by preventing your exposure to the virus. CDC recommendations on how to protect yourself can be found here: How to Protect Yourself and Others

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 both 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

Current: Feb. 19, 2021

Quarantine Instructions

Individuals in quarantine may have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 due to contact with infected people and are not yet symptomatic.

The installation commander has required all close contacts of a COVID-19 positive individual to undergo a 10-day quarantine. Individuals in quarantine should follow the steps below:

  • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19, including:
    • Fever (100.4°F)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19
  • 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.

Following the end of your 10-day quarantine, please continue to self-monitor for an additional four days for possible symptoms. If you are asymptomatic at the end of your quarantine period, you can return to work. If you develop a fever or begin to have any signs/symptoms stated above at any time during those 14 days (quarantine + self-monitoring time), please call one of the following numbers to seek 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

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

Current: Dec. 31, 2020

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 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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.