DOD FACE MASK USE GUIDANCE
Secretary Esper has issued guidance to the workforce on the use of cloth face coverings. Effective immediately, 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. This guidance applies to all service members, DOD civilians, contractors, families (apart from residences on installations) and all other individuals on DOD property.
TRICARE and COVID-19
The disease caused by the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is an increasing force health protection threat in areas where the Department of Defense (DoD) personnel live and work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading federal public health agency responding to COVID-19. The following downloadable PDF’s provides important CDC and TRICARE-specific information to download or share.
Take action and stay informed about the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. You can sign up for email updates and check this page regularly for the latest information.
U.S. Army COVID-19 Latest Guidance
The Army is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our Soldiers, family members, retirees, and civilians both at home and abroad. Protecting the force includes mitigating the spread of the virus and ensuring personnel have the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
Visit the Coronavirus page on Army.mil
DOD Corona Virus Response
The Defense Department is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and State Department to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
Military OneSource COVID-19 Resources
The Department of Defense is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus disease outbreak.
COVID-19 Military Support Initiative
The Association of the United States Army, the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), Blue Star Families, and participants of the White Oak Collaborative are joining forces to create a united, national platform for sharing information, maintaining engagement, developing best practices and policy approaches to ensure our military receives the support it deserves. The COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI) will provide resources and expertise to support communities, states and military families through this crisis.
The following Military Support Initiative webinars have been recorded and can be accessed here:
DOD LIVE STREAMS AND TRANSCRIPTS:
Department of Defense press briefings will be streamed live at: defense.gov/Watch/Live-Events/
Transcripts will be posted at: defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/
Army Public Health Center
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Military Health System, and #ArmyPublicHealth are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus #COVID-19 outbreak. COVID-19 may spread in your community.
Are you concerned that you may have been exposed to #COVID19 or have it? Service members and their beneficiaries can call the Military Health System nurse advice line 24/7 by phone, webchat, and video chat.
Call 1-800-874-2273 option #1 or visit health.mil's NAL Day-at-a-Glance page for more information.
Articles of Interest
Army National Guard and reserve members are now eligible for Army Emergency Relief during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more here: requirement that reserve and National Guard members be under Title 10.
March 30, 2020 | Public Affairs - SME
With schools going virtual amid the pandemic, the Army and Air Force Exchange has implemented a grab-and-go school meal program for students in Korea, Europe, Okinawa and Japan. Read more here:
March 17, 2020, | Army War College
"Can't," "don't," "contain" and "restrict" are negative words present everywhere in the news, the media and conversation. The threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus will undoubtedly remain a challenge for everyone for months to come. Read an article from the Army War College’s COL Elizabeth A. Martin on how to deal with the stressors of COVID-19.