48th Fighter Wing leadership updates the wing on COVID-19, March 16, 2020.
Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa commander, addresses the command on Coronavirus.
All DoD uniformed members, civilians, and families traveling to, from, or through "level 3" countries as categorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will stop movement for the next 60 days. See link below for level 3 countries:
Effective March 16, the CDC has upgraded the United Kingdom to a level 3 and to avoid Nonessential Travel. For the latest information on military travel as it relates to Permanent Change of Station and dependents’ concurrent travel please refer to: https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/46605.
The guidance on this page will continue to evolve as the situation warrants.
If traveling outside the UK or US, consult with Public Health (DSN 226-8777) to obtain travel medicine advice and services, and enroll in the US State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (https://step.state.gov/) to ensure you get travel advisories and alerts.
Do not travel to any location without consulting with your unit Antiterrorism Representative (ATR) or Public Health Officials.
We are currently in HPCON-B. Please take protective measures as stated.
In an effort to implement increased Force Health Protection measures, all non-essential travel to all locations with a Centers for Disease Control Threat Level 3 or higher restricted for all military personnel, civilians, and families effective immediately. Furthermore, Public Health England has updated Italy to a Risk Category I which requires all travelers, regardless of COVID-19 symptoms, to self-isolate for fourteen days upon return.
Mission critical/essential travel must be approved by the 3rd Air Force Commander. Please plan trips accordingly and properly consider the associated risks involved.
As we continue to monitor the situation updated guidance will be provided through Public Affairs, the 48th Fighter Wing App, and your chain of command.
If you have symptoms, contact your primary care provider (48 MDG appointment line at 01638 52 8010/DSN 226-8010 if you receive care there, or dial NHS 111).
*Note* Guidance may vary by unit. Contact your chain of command for further information.
Department of Defense Issues Guidelines to Personnel on Coronavirus
Updated March 13: The Secretary of Defense has issued a memorandum in relation to the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19). The memorandum applies to all DoD uniformed and civilian personnel and their family members not under the responsibility of a U.S. Chief of Mission. One of the main points states as: Effective March 13, 2020, all DoD uniformed personnel, civilian personnel and family members traveling to, from, or through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel health notices Level 3 (COVID-19) designated locations will stop movement for the next 60 Days. This includes, PCS, TDY, and Government Funded Leave. Do Not Travel Locations as follows: Mainland China, Iran, Daegu South Korea, and Italy. More locations and updates as follows can be found on the Department of State Guide for COVID-19 at this link below.
January 30: The Department of Defense has issued guidance to personnel aimed at reducing the potential threat of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
"I approved a directive apprising our forces about precautions they should take, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the virus," said Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper. "The Department of Defense continues to work closely with our interagency partners as we monitor the situation and protect our service members and their families, which is my highest priority."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also adjusted their travel advisory, recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. This outbreak is of high-risk to travelers and there are no precautions available to protect against the identified increased threat.
DOD officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of the virus, which was first detected in Wuhan City, China, and is closely coordinating with our interagency partners to ensure accurate and timely information is available and all appropriate measures are taken to prevent potential spread.
We encourage all DOD personnel to follow the attached guidance, as well asthe CDC guidance (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html), and take precautions to stay healthy. Information from the Department of State can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html
Force Health Protection Guidance for the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
Although there are zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 at RAF Lakenheath, Mildenhall or Feltwell, out of an abundance of caution, RAF Lakenheath schools (Lakenheath Elementary School, Lakenheath Middle School, Lakenheath High School, Liberty Intermediate School and Feltwell Elementary School) will be closed starting at 11 a.m. Friday (March 20). A digital learning plan will begin Wednesday, March 25, and parents will receive additional information from school administrators.
The Youth Center and Child Development Centers will have reduced operating capacity with additional guidance forthcoming. We will continue to evaluate and prioritize impacts to our Liberty Wing community while also ensuring we can successfully execute our mission.
Click here for the official DoDEA COVID-19 website.
DeCA Europe Additional Personal Hygiene, Cleaning, Sanitation, and Disinfection Measures
Version 2: 20200316
Prepared by: CW3 Leo Delgado, DeCA Europe Consumer/Food Safety Officer
Approved by: Mr. Norman Brown, DeCA Europe Area Director
Stores will continue to follow all previous measures outlined in Version 1: 20200310 (Enclosed), and will implement the following:
Employee & Customer Personal Hygiene
1. Cashiers will no longer handle patron ID Cards. Customers will be asked to scan their own ID. Cashiers can use the hand held scanner if they have it or have the customer scan their own card (Directive from Mr. Jay Hudson on 15 March). If it is necessary to handle a patron ID card, the cashier will either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after handling.
2. All customer self-service food service will be closed. This includes sandwich and salad bars and customer self-service hot foods buffet style. Pre-packed/pre-prepared/customer order salads, sandwiches, and hot meals are still acceptable.
3. Stores with dine-in seating for customers will change to “take-out only.” These stores will remove or close off access to all tables and chairs.
4. In the absence of available hand sanitizer for customer use at entrances, customers will be encouraged to wash hands upon entering the store. Portable hand wash stations may be pursued as a potential option in lieu of hand sanitizer.
5. Previously distributed social distancing, handwashing, and hygiene tips will be posted at each register on restroom doors and inside the restrooms (sent by Mr. Brown on 13 March).
6. All employees will maintain a heightened sense of awareness of personal hygiene and social distancing requirements and will kindly remind and enforce these measures among each other and with customers.
Cleaning, Sanitation, and Disinfection
1. Special emphasis will be placed on high touch areas (display case handles, door handles, faucet handles, etc.) when cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. These areas will be cleaned and disinfected at least twice per day when in operation, and fully cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected at the end of the day.
Version 1: 20200310
1. Managers at all levels will reinforce proper handwashing procedures for all employees and will ensure that handwashing stations are well stocked with soap and hand drying provisions. Verify that handwashing signs are posted in all restrooms and above handwashing stations. Guidance on when and how to wash hands are located on pages 27 and 28 of the DeCA Europe HACCP Manual and on the CDC website (CDC.gov).
2. Cashiers should have a bottle of hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol ingredient) available for use since frequent handwashing may not always be practical when working at the register.
3. Previously distributed COVID-19 fact sheets from the CDC will be posted in employee areas for education.
1. Customer Entrances: Disinfectant wipes will be available for customers at the entrance to wipe down baskets. In the event that wipes are no longer available, storemixed sanitizer sprays may be used as an interim measure. If store-mixed sprays are used, it will be mixed IAW the label directions for contact surfaces and the spray bottle will be properly labeled as with all other mixed chemicals. Contact the DeCA Europe Consumer Safety Officer or Safety Manager for assistance.
2. Front End: Cashiers and SCO attendants will wipe down their register area(s) with disinfectant wipes, to include belts and other frequently touched areas (pin pads, touch screens), at least once per hour when in use or whenever the area becomes soiled.
3. Food Processing Areas: Managers at all levels will reinforce proper cleaning and sanitation methods in these areas. Continue with current cleaning and sanitation methods as required by the DeCA Europe HACCP Manual, Tri-Service Food Code, and DeCA Manuals.
4. Dining Areas: For stores that have sit down areas for eating; tables, chairs and other frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized at least once per hour when in use or whenever the area becomes soiled. Normal cleaning and sanitation procedures will follow after dining service.
5. Shopping Carts: Shopping carts will be power washed at least once every two weeks either by DeCA employees or by a contractor.
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:
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.
RAF LAKENHEATH MED CLINIC
Military and civilian personnel may also visit the the secure myPers website (CAC required) for more information.