Maj. Aaron Farmer, Chief of Infectious Disease at Womack Army Medical Center, explains the basics of the novel coronavirus strain COVID-19, from transmission to proximity risk assessment, as well as preventive measures to keep the virus from spreading.
Fort Bragg Installation Status :
Fort Bragg is in HPCON Bravo +.
We are vaccinating our healthy Tricare beneficiaries ages 40 and above at the Fairgrounds every Tuesday through Saturday. (Tricare beneficiaries who do not hold a high risk medical condition].
There is new guidance. Please read below.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
We are vaccinating our healthy Tricare beneficiaries ages 40 and above at the Fairgrounds every Tuesday through Saturday. (Tricare beneficiaries who do not hold a high risk medical condition]. This will occur in the morning at 9am to 1pm for the initial dose.
We will continue to vaccinate our high-risk beneficiaries ages 16 and up each day, this Tuesday through Saturday, at the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds.
***Soldiers, DA Civilians, DoD Civilians, and Contractors can receive vaccination at Sports USA. This population will receive date and time for appointment from their chain-of-command.***
COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Notification
Beneficiaries ages 16 and up (high risk) & 40 and up (healthy) MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT at this link: https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX/. This link is only for beneficiaries and the Fairgrounds.
Beneficiaries 65 and older may walk-in or make an appointment for either dose 1 or 2.
COVID-19 High Risk Designation
The following conditions place a beneficiary within the category of high-risk:
o Chronic kidney disease
o COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
o Down Syndrome
o Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or
o Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ
o Obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
o Sickle Cell Disease
o Type 2 Diabetes
o Anyone over the age of 65
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hotline
We have established a COVID-19 vaccine information line, which provides updated information: 910-907-1000.
The hotline is to answer questions concerning safety, efficacy, myths and risk factors of the vaccine. It is not an appointment line for obtaining a vaccine appointment.
My face covering protects you and your face covering protects me. Face coverings are required in the Exchanges, Commissaries, and anywhere else that you can't maintain a minimum separation of six feet. Remember, once you leave Fort Bragg, the governor of North Carolina has made wearing face coverings mandatory. Wear them, please..
Social distancing is still very much in effect. As mentioned in the previous point, everyone should stay at least six feet away from others. Also, PLEASE wash your hands frequently.
Fort Bragg Non-DOD Visitor
Exception to Policy Form
Non-DoD Personnel Access Request to Fort Bragg during Heightened HPCON levels. This is a request for the individual listed below to gain access to Fort Bragg for 90 days.
Until Further Notice: Exceptions to Policy will still be required for all visitors, however, the approval authority for those passes has changed. Effective May 27, 2020, for passes of seven days or LESS, they can be approved by your company/troop/battery commander. For passes from 8 to 30 days, they can be approved by your battalion/squadron commander. For passes from 31 days to 90 days, they will still need to go to the first general officer within the chain of command. As a reminder, no passes will go longer than 90 days, so people requiring a pass in excess of 90 days, will need to re-apply every 90 days.
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Updates across Fort Bragg
Difference between quarantine and isolation
If you’re still unsure about the difference between quarantine vs Isolation, or what to do should you be placed in these categories, check this out. You’re not alone, it is easy to get confused with all this information floating around from many sources. We hope we have cleared it up with the below quick reference.
Why prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the disease caused by a new respiratory virus first seen in Wuhan Province, China in December of 2019. Since that time, it has spread globally, and cases are now occurring across the United States. We are still learning about how the virus impacts people, but available information shows it can be a serious, and even fatal illness for individuals over 60 years of age, and for those with existing health conditions that lower immunity or strain the respiratory system. While COVID-19 appears to impact younger and healthy populations less severely, we all have a responsibility to protect other members of our community.
What is quarantine?
Quarantine is a period or place of segregation in which people that may have been exposed to infectious or contagious diseases are placed. It is important, because it limits the spread of illnesses, even from those who may not know they are ill. The quarantine period for COVID-19 is fourteen days. It is important to understand that being in quarantine does not mean that someone is ill.
For the Individual. Anyone placed in quarantine or isolation will be told to avoid close contact (under six feet) with others,not share personal items, sleep in a separate bedroom, clean and sanitize surfaces, cough or sneeze into their elbow, and use a separate bathroom, if possible. They should not travel or visit public areas, nor use public transportation. They should limit interaction with pets or other animals to the extent possible. An individual in quarantine should monitor their temperature twice each day and should self-assess how they feel. If they become ill, they should contact their medical provider. They should not seek care without pre-coordinating with the medical facility, so that the medical facility can receive them appropriately.
For Family Members.Family members of someone in quarantine are not restricted from movement. They are able to leave the residence to attend school, go to the grocery store, and attend other events as they normally would. While at home, they should avoid close contact with the family member who is in quarantine, they should wash their hands regularly, and should practice cough hygiene.
What is Isolation?
Anyone placed in quarantine or isolation will be told to avoid close contact (under six feet) with others, not share personal items,sleep in a separate bedroom, clean and sanitize surfaces, cough or sneeze into their elbow, and use a separate bathroom, if possible. They should not travel or visit public areas,nor use public transportation. They should limit interaction with pets or other animals to the extent possible. An individual in quarantine should monitor their temperature twice each day and should self-assess how they feel. If they become ill, they should contact their medical provider. They should not seek care without pre-coordinating with the medical facility, so that the medical facility can receive them appropriately.
For the Individual. Anyone placed in isolation should immediately separate themselves from others. They should remain in a separate room of the residence and should not share common items or a bathroom, as much as possible. They should continue to practice sanitation practices and cough hygiene, just as they were in quarantine. However, they must make greater efforts tore main separate from others.
For Family Members. Family members of someone in isolation must make every effort to avoid close contact and must wash hands frequently. Family members of someone in isolation may then require quarantine, but that decision requires evaluation by public health.