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 Alpha.
We are vaccinating our healthy Tricare beneficiaries ages 5 and above. Please visit the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg facebook page for times and location.
There is new guidance. Please read below.
Reference FRAGO 18 TO OPORD 21-30 042300ZMAR2022
BLUF: The Fort Bragg indoor mandatory mask mandate for all personnel, regardless of vaccination status, is lifted effective 04 MAR 22. Masks are only required in healthcare facilities and child care development centers.
Fort Bragg and our surrounding region has achieved the lowest community transmission metrics required per CDC guidance to lift the mask mandate. The 5 county region surrounding Fort Bragg is a Medium Community transmission area, and Fort Bragg is a Low Community transmission area. Based on our high vaccination rate and our community metrics, the indoor mandatory mask mandate for all personnel on Fort Bragg is lifted effective 04 MAR 22. This has formalized and distributed in a FRAGO. Continue to follow all other COVID guidance as published. Thank you for your diligence and efforts to curtail community spread, improve our health, and maintain our readiness.
Please go to our Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/ftbragg18abn
for the latest info about precautions, openings and closings, Vaccine info and more.
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.
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.