As of 3/28/2020, 4 p.m. local time:
Robins Air Force Base has had no new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Daily Status Report can be found here: https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report. Numbers are updated every day at noon and 7:00pm.
Current Health Protection Condition (HPCON): CHARLIE
• Continue social distancing and refrain from physical contact such as hand shaking, etc.
• Discontinue all large gatherings through 11 May 2020, per the CDC guidance unless they are mission-essential
• Continue precautions to stop the spread of germs; Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; Wipe common-use items with disinfectant; Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing
• Stay home if you are sick
• Get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from flu, which has similar symptoms to COVID-19.
• On base Child Care Facilities will remain open at this time
• Follow State Department and Geographic Combatant Command guidance in regards to travel restrictions.
• Continue to communicate up, down and across the chain of command.
• If you develop flu-like symptoms with fever (>100.4F/38C) and cough or shortness of breath and may have had contact with a person who has COVID-19 or had recent travel to countries considered high-risk, contact your health care provider before seeking medical care to prevent possible transmission in the health care setting. 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.
We are working with our local officials to ensure the safety and security of Airmen, family and community members. We continue to address all medical concerns as they arise and work with our local health professionals to keep you informed as the situation develops.
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.
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:
Individuals should also call their unit leadership after calling their healthcare providers.
Individuals in isolation should follow the instructions in the Quarantine Self-Monitoring Guide above and instructions recommended by the CDC in the link provided.
CDC Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfection can be found at the link below.
Information for when individuals can discontinue home isolation can be found here, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html.
The CDC updated its Level 3 Travel Health Notices (THN) to include 29 countries. CDC Travel Health Notices can be found at: 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. Full guidance regarding the stop movement and concurrent travel restrictions can be found here: Travel Q & A
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.
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
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.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
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.
As we continue to update the public we want to keep you abreast that there are multiple viruses which may cause the symptoms of:
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.
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Air Force Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
78 MDG Mental Health, Family Advocacy, and ADAPT Services
Chaplain Corps Team
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Office
Air Force Aid Society
Suicide Prevention Hotline
78th Medical Group
Georgia Department of Health
In addition our Middle Georgia community and businesses are actively identifying needs and resources in response to our current situation.
**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
Changes in Operations across Team Robins:
(These are the latest changes in hours and/or operations at various customer support facilities across the installation. We are updating the list as we gather information. Last updated March 27 at 10 a.m.)
- The MLK gate will be closed until further notice. All other Robins AFB gates will be open during their normal operating hours.
- All non-mission large gathering events are cancelled in line with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
- Defenders have instituted new credential handling procedures at the gates to prevent direct contact with individuals. This may cause delays during peak hours. We appreciate your patience.
- Airmen & Family Readiness Center: Appointment only / phone appointments. 478-926-1256, DSN: 468-1256
Right Start canceled, TAP class is done on JKO, no other gatherings of more than 10 people for next 15 days.
We are requesting all members that require assistance from Airman & Family Readiness Center (Bldg. 794) please contact us via telephone 478-926-1256 or DSN: 468-1256. Initial Counseling, Pre-Separation, and Capstones will be conducted via telephone, and TAP will be conducted via JKO or members can reschedule for a later workshop. Heart Link will be rescheduled for a later date.
- AAFES is open with adjusted hours. They are also controlling the patronage within the food court. Please see attached flyer.
- Base Dining Facility: Open, but takeout only, for authorized users only. Those authorized to the the dining facility are enlisted members, 1st responders and those on orders who are authorized and directed to utilize the facility.
- Base Restaurant: Open; take-out only. Food trucks closing, limited snack bars will be open. 478-926-6972 DSN: 468-6972 Carry Out Only, Monday - Friday, Breakfast: 6-9 a.m., Lunch: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Afterburner:Carry Out Only M-F 5:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Quick Turn: Carry Out Only M-F 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
- Bowling Center: Closed for Bowling. Snack bar is take-out only. M-F 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. 478-926-5240, DSN: 468-5240
- Chapel Service: Regular Services are Cancelled but will be streamed on the Robins AFB Chapel Facebook. Staff is available for individual needs. Wednesday night meals and refuge meals for dormitory Airmen are take-out only.
- Child Development Center: Attention CDC parents: If you are teleworking keeping your child at home due to COVID-19, you will receive a credit on your account. Contact the Director at CDC East 478-926-5805 M-F 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Commissary: Open, with limitations. Limit three items of the following: ground beef, paper towels, toilet paper, bleach and sanitizing/disinfecting items, wipes, hand gel and sprays. Hours of operation: Monday - closed. Tuesday-Friday - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (8:30 - 9 a.m. is open for Active Duty, guard or reserve on orders, and handicapped). Saturday - Sunday - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (9:30 - 10 a.m. is open for Active Duty, guard or reserve on orders, and handicapped).
- Fitness Center and Annex:
Main Fitness Center: Mon, Wed and Fri – 5 a.m. -7 p.m.
Annex: Tues and Thur - 5 a.m. to 7 p.m./Sat - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. – 24/7 access has been suspended until further notice.
Authorized customers are Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and DoD Civilians. Saunas, steam rooms and pool are closed until further notice. Fitness classes, intramurals and varsity sports are suspended.
- Flight Kitchen: Open; take-out only, for authorized users only. Those authorized to the the dining facility are enlisted members, 1st responders and those on flight status.
- Golf Course and ProShop: Open M-S 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m., but no tournaments. Snack bar is to-go only (Limited Menu), M-F 7 a.m.-1 p.m.. 478-926-4103 DSN 468-4103
- Heritage Club: Bingo and Bar Closed.
- International Tickets & Travel/Outdoor Recreation/Arts & Crafts/Auto Hobby: Open, M-F 11 a.m.-5 p.m., but classes are cancelled until 11 May.
- Library: Open, but the Library events and programs are canceled. Sat, Sun & Federal Holidays Closed
- Museum: Closed.
- Outdoor Rec: all areas open Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fam Camp as required.
- Pizza Depot: Carry Out only M-F 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 478-926-0188, DSN: 468-0188
- Retiree Activity Office: closed.
-Youth Center: All open recreation and Sports activities have been postponed. Give Parents a Break: Cancelled. School age currently business as normal.
- The Robins MPF is currently operating under appointment only. Please see attached flyer for information on how to make an appointment. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact the appropriate office to cancel your appointment to avoid no-shows.
- Robins photo studio is closed except for emergency situations. Please call (478) 926-2137.
- School Liaison: All base volunteers for school activities suspended until schools reopen. appointments only.
- The 78th Comptroller Squadron Finance Customer Service is available by appointment only. Please see attached flyer for info.
- The Robins Base Legal Assistance Office is closed to customers. Please call (478) 926-9276 if you have an emergency situation or need assistance for a deployment.
- Fitness Assessment Testing has been cancelled until June 2020. More information can be found at https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/46625/kw/fitness/p/10
There is a plan on who should be tested case by case. We are following the CDC recommendations. We do have testing available, especially to rule out the other, more common respiratory illnesses, like the flu.
Yes, the virus can be transmitted both during the incubation period (incubation range 2-14 days per CDC) and while symptoms have been exhibited. Information is continually updating about the spread of the virus. Updates will be posted as new information is acquired.
This is not mandated nor clinically indicated as necessary at this time per CDC and local public health recommendations. Depending on one's personal situation, they can leave the area/fly home, but only at their preference.
Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. Masks should be worn appropriately (do not adjust your mask or touch your face after putting it on, or if you have to, use hand sanitizer immediately afterwards) by persons who have any cold/flu-like symptoms (cough, sore throat, etc.) As COVID-19 is spread by droplets, coughing and sneezing into your sleeves helps prevent the spread of the droplets. It is a community effort to prevent the spread of any respiratory disease. Only you can prevent infections. If you feel symptomatic, 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.
Not many more specifics, only to be cautious and try to limit exposure to sick individuals, much like you would do during any normal cold/flu season.
Children don't seem to get as affected by the virus as the elderly do. Every kid is different so it is difficult to say exactly what symptoms an asthmatic will get or how severe it might be. If a child with asthma or respiratory problems ever develops symptoms, then call the nurse advice line or your doctor.
The Nurse Advice Line or the Primary Care Manager should be called if you are concerned about symptoms. They will provide instructions based on screening.
It is much more likely to spread by someone who is actively sick (coughing, sneezing etc.) However, it can be spread by someone before they have any signs or symptoms, but this is not thought to be the primary way it is spreads.
We are always prepped and ready to respond to keep our community safe and healthy. As military public health professionals will follow what's called a 'disease containment plan'. Different protocols are in place depending on the type and severity of a disease.
The likelihood is LOW as long as personnel and families due their due diligence to self-quarantine or isolate themselves if symptomatic. If personnel or families are having symptoms it is prudent that they contact their health care provider and Public Health (either 78 MDG Public Health or Georgia Department of Health – North Central Health District) for screening to have review of the situation which may warrant continued quarantine and isolation.
a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case
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b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on).
No, 78 MDG Public Health will not release case information to include residential address to the public. To do so would be a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Public Law 104-191.
No. Being tested means the patient met the criteria for testing and will be informed of their results by his/her healthcare provider.
No, Public Health does not need to come to the building to assess cleaning and clear the building for operation.
The below CDC link will provide you and your team the appropriate cleaning guidelines for facilities.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/disinfecting-building-facility.html
Once an office area/building has been cleaned, facility manager(s) should inform PH that the area has been cleaned.
Leadership is currently examining duty hours across the installation with a focus on protecting the most vulnerable, high-risk individuals from COVID-19, while balancing the execution of the mission.
Leadership is currently scrutinizing established duty hours across the installation with a focus on protecting the most vulnerable, high-risk individuals from COVID-19, while balancing the execution of the mission.
Leadership is currently scrutinizing established duty hours across the installation with a focus on protecting the most vulnerable, high-risk individuals from COVID-19, while balancing the execution of the mission. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and adhere to Force Health Protection guidelines, leadership is sending high-risk Team Robins members home on Weather and Safety Leave. Weather and Safety Leave is paid leave permitted during emergencies.
Health Protection Measures apply to all members of Team Robins. The current HPCON level and measures are listed under the Robins current situation at www.robins.af.mil/coronavirus. This page also has good guidance for how you take care of yourself at home in quarantine. We’re a team at Robins and need to hold each other accountable for the Health Protection Conditions we have, which will allow all of us to accomplish the mission for our Nation.
There has not been any official guidance or direction regarding eliminating overtime. For the latest information on this subject during the pandemic, refer to the Master Labor Agreement and the Office of Personnel Management website at www.opm.gov.
Col. Moore, Col. Stephens, and Chief Wieser believe face-to-face interaction is the most effective way to communicate. Since becoming commander, Col. Moore made it a priority to get out and visit Team Robins. Since we are operating in elevated HPCONs and adhering to social distancing, it wouldn’t be prudent for them to make their rounds at this time. That’s why they have been using social media tools, such as Facebook, to communicate with the workforce. Col. Moore would like to take this opportunity to thank Team Robins for your continued service. Your service here, in this capacity, is protecting our country, your families and our freedoms by creating the stability our country needs. And, it’s protecting Robins AFB. We need to “flatten the curve.” We need to make sure we’re addressing this formidable adversary with the right tactics, techniques and procedures to win. Col. Moore asks for everybody to hold each other accountable for those Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measures and Health Protection Conditions, which will allow us to accomplish our critical mission for the Nation.
Yes. DoD Components may initiate a change in work schedule to allow its workforce to work shifts as a means to mitigate community transmission of COVID-19. In doing so, DoD Components should consult with their human resources office to evaluate entitlements to premium pay (e.g. night pay), scheduled and unscheduled overtime, and other compensation requirements. A change to shift work may also need to be adjusted in the Component’s time and attendance system. Additionally, a change in work schedules may require the DoD Components to bargain with its labor unions, if applicable.
During an emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a type of administrative paid leave is authorized, called Weather and Safety Leave. During this health crisis, it’s important for individuals to check with their supervisor and/or chain of command regarding issues such as administrative leave.
A DoD Component may authorize Weather and Safety Leave to a civilian employee under the following circumstances:
Weather and Safety Leave is not an entitlement and must be approved by a supervisor.
Depending on the type of leave, a supervisor can deny or cancel leave to a civilian who is traveling outside the local commuting area based on mission requirements. A supervisor may not deny personal leave solely because an employee is traveling outside of the local commuting area or to a CDC-designated level 2 or 3 area.
No. Civilian employees may only take sick leave when they are ill or to care for a family member as prescribed under the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) sick leave regulations. For additional information on the appropriate use of sick leave and other leave flexibilities, please review the memorandum published by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness, “Civilian Personnel Guidance for DoD Components,” March 8, 2020.
Yes. A supervisor can order employees who are identified as emergency essential to the official worksite if the installation or office is generally closed. Normally, the supervisor should identify and inform the employees in advance that they occupy positions that have been identified as emergency essential and that they may need to return to the official worksite to carry out mission critical functions of the DoD Component.
Supervisors should identify whether the employee is telework-ready and offer the employee the option to telework. If the employee is not telework-ready because, for example, they cannot perform their duties at an alternate location, then the supervisor should consider utilizing Weather and Safety Leave (please review the section below on the appropriate use of Weather and Safety Leave), administrative leave, or other leave flexibilities (paid or unpaid) available. DoD Components may also combine telework and various leave flexibilities when the employee may perform some of his or her duties at an alternate worksite.
Additionally, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum, “Updated Guidance on Telework Flexibilities in Response to Coronavirus,” dated March 12, 2020, encourages supervisors to extend telework flexibilities broadly to accommodate state and local responses to the COVID-19 outbreak, particularly to those persons susceptible to COVID-19.
In rare cases, an employee may not have a telework agreement or wish not to telework. See Question 8 below for information on when an agency may order an employee to telework.
Additionally, Civilian personnel returning from locations identified by the CDC as Level 2 or 3 are strongly recommended to follow the procedures identified in DoD’s Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 4). Please see Question 2 under Travel: OCONUS below. See also Question 10 from the DoD FAQ – Travel Restrictions.
Civilian personnel may telework even when a child or dependent requiring supervision is present at the alternative work site. DoD granted a temporary waiver of policy until December 31, 2020, to allow employees to telework in this situation, and encourages DoD Components to make similar adjustments to their policies. Where an employee is teleworking and providing care to a child or dependent during duty hours, the employees must account for this time using appropriate leave as approved by his or her supervisor. For example, an employee who feeds and supervises a young child multiple times during the day will need to take leave or, if on a flexible work schedule, adjust his or her hours. The OMB memorandum noted above encourages supervisors to extend telework flexibilities more broadly to accommodate state and local responses to the outbreak, including, but not limited to, school closures.
DoD Components may also authorize alternative work schedules that allow employees to complete their tour of duty in less than 10 days if applicable. For example, a maxiflex schedule would allow an employee to meet his or her basic work requirement for a biweekly pay period on fewer than 10 days and vary the number of hours worked on a given workday. Note that changes to alternative work schedules is subject to collective bargaining.
Additional tools available to Components include advance annual leave, compensatory time, credit hours, and other leave flexibilities. Weather and safety leave would not be appropriate under these facts alone.
Situational Telework (TS) is the type of telework to be coded for Time and Attendance purposes.
Yes, under the following scenarios an agency may order an employee to telework whether or not the position is telework eligible or the employee voluntarily enters into a telework agreement:
If the employee’s telework agreement does not include an option for the supervisor to direct the employee to telework, then the supervisor may only direct an employee to telework under the following situations:
DoD Components are strongly discouraged to allow such travel and limit travel when there is an urgent need (e.g., protection of life and property). DoD Components should also consider the latest guidance from the CDC and local health authorities when limiting travel to persons at higher risk to COVID-19.
DoD Components should review the CDC's website Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S., and information published by their state and local public health authorities. The CDC website contains links embedded in the map of the U.S. to all state public health authorities.
Civilian personnel returning from locations identified by the CDC as Level 2 or 3 are strongly recommended to follow the procedures identified in DoD’s Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 4). Employees should notify their supervisors or chain of command and seek medical advice if they get sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Supervisors should consider placing the employee on telework, and/or any appropriate leave flexibility. Please refer above to Question 2 under Telework.
Medical Appointments: Commercial: 478-327-7850, DSN: 497-7850
TRICARE Nurse Advice Line 1-800-874-2273
Georgia Department of Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584)
Robins AFB Facebook
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.