COVID-19 Vaccination Information:
April 5: Fort Knox vaccination population expanded once again
March 5: Fort Knox vaccination rollout expanding
Ireland Army Health Clinic will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to members of its beneficiary population who are enrolled and have a primary care manager at Ireland Army Health Clinic and are either 65 years of age or older, or 18 years of age or older with increased risk for severe illness as defined by the CDC*.
Fort Knox MEDDAC will generate automated phone calls over the coming days and weeks to inform this population of the vaccination opportunity and provide appointment scheduling instructions.
Appointment offers are non-transferable, and vetting will be conducted at the vaccination site.
Any remaining Fort Knox key and essential workers slated to receive the vaccination will be scheduled via existing internal processes.
All other eligible beneficiaries wishing to receive the vaccine at an earlier date can do so in accordance with the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s phased approach at any Tricare participating pharmacies and through the private sector care component of Tricare. Visit https://govstatus.egov.com/kentucky-vaccine-map for Kentucky’s regional vaccination locations.
Visit https://www.dvidshub.net/video/780109/step-step-look-covid-19-vaccination-process-fort-knox for a step-by-step look at the Fort Knox vaccination site’s processes.
*Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html for the CDC’s listing of underlying medical conditions that put adults at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.
Feb. 10: Message from Fort Knox Preventive Medicine chief regarding inclement weather’s impact on those scheduled for the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
“As you know, due to weather, the Post has curtailed services to include the COVID 19 vaccine site. Those of you who were scheduled for your booster dose of the immunization will be rescheduled for the first dates possible. To those of you who are concerned regarding missing the 28 day mark for your second dose, I want you to know that even though we would like to get the second dose as close to the recommended date as possible, the CDC and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) does allow up to 42 days for the second dose and even longer in certain circumstances with no decrement to your immunization status in the long run. We will ensure that you are taken care of as quickly as possible but wish to do so in the safest manner for you, the Patient.” – James Stephens, MD
CLICK HERE for the step-by-step process of receiving the vaccine in Building 1747 (recommend using Edge or Firefox)
To retirees: At this time, Fort Knox MEDDAC does not have COVID-19 vaccines available for retirees, and it is unknown when sufficient supplies will be available. Fort Knox MEDDAC recommends that enrolled retirees and their families consider getting vaccinated at their assigned clinic. Beneficiaries may also elect to go to another TRICARE network provider or pharmacy offering the vaccination. When Fort Knox MEDDAC does have a sufficient supply to administer to retirees and their families, that will be communicated as soon as possible.
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Novel Coronavirus Facts:
The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The novel coronavirus is a new virus and part of a large group of viruses that infect people and while normally causing a mild respiratory disease - such as the common cold - it can potentially be deadly. Signs and symptoms of this coronavirus illness include fever, cold spells, cough, difficulty breathing, chills and muscle pains. Be advised that this is cold and flu season, and the coronavirus shares similar symptoms to both these illnesses.
- Person-to-person spreads mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
- Recovery for average healthy adult is 7-14 days
Preventive Measure Tips/Guidelines:
There are simple everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
• Avoid seasonal influenza by getting your annual influenza shot from your healthcare provider.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home while you are sick.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
July 27- Change to General Order No. 1
May 24 - Capacity restrictions to be lifted at all Exchange facilities, most DFMWR facilities beginning May 25
Fort Knox leadership, in coordination with Public Health, has determined that patron capacity restrictions will be lifted at all Exchange facilities and most DFMWR facilities based on current local conditions. This change will take effect Tuesday, May 25.
DFMWR’s only remaining facilities with capacity restrictions are associated with Child & Youth Services (CYS), which is in keeping with higher headquarters’ requirements associated with the current health protection condition (HPCON) level.
May 17 - Fort Knox update on wear of masks on post
The Fort Knox commanding general and command sergeant major provide an update on mask guidance on the installation.
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/795153/may-17-2021-update-wear-masks-post (recommend using Microsoft Edge)
May 17 - General Order number 1 relating to Coronavirus has been updated
May 6 - COVID-19 Facebook Live Town Hall May 11
The Fort Knox commanding general will host another COVID-19 Facebook Live Town Hall from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, where he, the Fort Knox command sergeant major, garrison commander and Preventive Medicine chief will highlight important information and address questions on this subject. Other focus areas to be discussed are permanent change of station (PCS) season, Child and Youth Services child care operations, and updates on the status of activities/events typically planned for Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Watch the event by going to Fort Knox Facebook, clicking the "Posts" tab and then clicking on the video (which should be the top post).
Those wishing to submit questions in advance may do so via this Facebook link (https://www.facebook.com/events/226089155945766) or by emailing email@example.com by 9 a.m. on May 10. Questions may also be submitted during the Facebook Live Town Hall on the live feed.
NOTE: Similar questions may be grouped together, and every effort will be made answer as many questions as possible during the allotted time.
March 12 - Instructions on the wearing of masks
The Fort Knox command team covers need-to-know information on wearing masks on the installation.
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/786742/instructions-wearing-masks (recommend using Microsoft Edge)
Feb. 5 - Fort Knox COVID-19 update
Fort Knox Preventive Medicine Chief Dr. James Stephens provides a COVID-19 update and explains the need to continue following safety measures.
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/782746/fort-knox-covid-19-update-feb-5-2021 (recommend using Microsoft Edge)
Feb. 5 - General Order number 1 relating to Coronavirus has been updated
Jan. 13 - Fort Knox health protection condition level to go back to BRAVO effective Jan. 19
Effective Jan. 19, the HPCON level at Fort Knox will return to BRAVO. Learn about that decision, the vaccination effort, DFMWR updates, Fort Knox Community Schools changes and more by clicking the link below for a video update.
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/780248/fort-knox-hpcon-update-jan-13-2021 (recommend using Microsoft Edge)
HR - Work/Leave Flexibilities
Please click the following links for leave and telework information:
Left to individual commands.
Nov. 25 - FKCS will be serving FREE breakfast and lunch for pick up.
Starting Tuesday December 1, you can pick up meals at Kingsolver and Van Voorhis only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You will receive a hot meal and 4 more meals to take home just like during the summer. Pick up locations are drive up and we bags will be handed to you. There will be meal pick up every Tuesday starting December 1st. (next service will be Dec 8, 15, 22 and 29. January 5th and 12th).
Meal pick up is only once a week in order to minimize exposure.
Oct. 16 - DoDEA Virtual School second semester registration tip sheet
DoDEA will offer a virtual option for families and students for the second semester of school year (SY) 2020-21. DoDEA recognizes that students and families with health vulnerabilities related to COVID-19 may still have concerns about returning to school. To support all students, DoDEA will continue to operate full-time in-person schools and also provide a full-time virtual learning option for grades K–12 students. Parents that choose to enroll their students in the Virtual School option must agree to remain for the full semester.
Families may choose to remain in their current learning environment (in-person or virtual) or they may choose to transition to a different learning environment (virtual to in-person or in-person to virtual). The enrollment period will begin on Thursday, October 15 and remain open through Friday, November 6. This three week period will allow for parents with students currently in DVS to have first quarter report cards and a parent-teacher-conference prior to committing to DVS for the second semester.
To learn more about DoDEA’s expanded K-12 Virtual School, please go to https://www.dodea.edu/returntoschool.cfm and select the “Virtual Option” tab.
Families that would like to:
- Change their child/children from in person instruction to the virtual school for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year will be required to enroll in DVS through the Aspen Parent Portal by November 6, 2020.
- Maintain enrolment in the DoDEA Virtual School for the 2nd Semester will be required to re- enroll in DVS through the Aspen Parent Portal by November 6, 2020.
To register your student for the second semester in either the virtual learning option or for in-person instruction:
You cannot submit answers for multiple students under one login.
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT EDUCATION OPTION FOR SEMESTER 2 IS NOVEMBER 6, 2020.
Families that want their child/children to remain enrolled in the local school for in-person instruction do not need to do anything, their students will remain enrolled for in-person instruction for the second semester.
If you have additional questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families transitioning to a DoDEA location will also be able to choose between the in person or virtual learning option. They will complete the DoDEA Online Registration for Students (DORS) at https://www.dodea.edu/DORS/ and select the preferred school option.
DoDEA looks forward to providing families with quality educational options during in this uncertain time.
*Click HERE for a virtual school Q&A
Sept. 11 - Update on DODEA Fall Sports for Fort Campbell and Fort Knox High Schools:
We have completed an in-depth review and analysis of health and safety considerations for fall sports, examining recent information from the KHSAA, sport-specific safety plans, parent feedback, and input from our garrison command partners.
After careful consideration, we are ready to move forward with the following actions:
Competition Cheerleading - Begin conditioning and individual technique/choreography work.
Cross Country - Continue as currently operating with practices and competition.
Football - Begin conditioning, individual drills and skill development. There will be no games.
Golf - Continue as currently operating with practices and competition.
Soccer - Begin conditioning, individual drills and skill development. There will be no games.
Volleyball - Begin conditioning, training and competitions with other schools.
DoDEA has a longstanding commitment to interscholastic sports and the potential contributions they can make to our students' fitness, social-emotional development and good citizenship. During these unprecedented times, our first consideration must always be the health and safety of students, employees, and our military communities. While this is not the outcome many of us hoped for, it does offer student-athletes the opportunity to benefit from many of the activities they would normally experience while mitigating risk to an acceptable level.
Our school leaders, athletic directors and coaches will continue to monitor and assess all sports and activities as we move forward with this plan to ensure that safety remains a primary focus. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. The global pandemic has impacted all of us to some degree over the past several months. Working together, as a community, we will continue to overcome whatever challenges lay ahead.
Learn more about DoDEA at their respective websites:
What is a shared outdoor space?
A shared outdoor space is any outdoor place where is it not possible to maintain six feet of social distance from other persons who are not members of your household. For the purpose of this guidance, a mask must be worn when you “can” maintain six feet of social distance but you, in fact, are not maintaining such distance, or reasonably anticipate that the minimum six feet will not be maintained at all times.
Is my on-post yard a shared outdoor space?
No. If persons other than family are in your yard, however, you must maintain six feet of social distancing.
Do I need to wear a mask outdoors when walking my dog, jogging, fitness walking, riding a bike, or conducting similar outdoor activity on-post?
No. Unless you cannot maintain six feet social distance from other persons who are not members of your household. If you cannot maintain social distance you must wear a mask.
Can I drive in my car on-post without wearing a mask?
Yes, provided you are in the car by yourself or only with members of your household.
Do I have to wear a mask inside an office at my place of duty?
Yes, unless you are able to work alone in an office with a closed door.
Do I have to wear a mask when conducting unit physical fitness training?
Yes. Unless you are maintaining six feet of social distance from other persons.
Do I need to wear a mask outdoors in a motorpool?
Yes, unless you are maintaining six feet of social distance.
Do I need to wear a mask when working in a cubicle?
Yes, because a cubicle does not have a door and floor-to-ceiling walls, as outlined in reference (b).
Do I need to wear a mask if working inside an open-bay operations center or other open work area?
Yes, because each work station does not have a door and floor-to-ceiling walls, as outlined in reference (b).
Do I need to wear a mask if I work in an open work area where employees are in compliance with CDC guidelines with regard to physical distancing and plexiglass?
Yes, unless each work station has a door and floor-to-ceiling walls, as outlined in reference (b).
Do I need to wear a mask in open work area where employees are in compliance with CDC guidelines with regard to physical distancing and minimum personal contact for times longer than 15-minutes?
Yes, unless each work station has a door and floor-to-ceiling walls, as outlined in reference (b).
Do I need to wear a mask in the commissary?
Do I need to wear a mask inside an AAFES or MWR retail or public services facility?
Do I need to wear a mask inside on-post gyms and other physical fitness centers?
Yes. These are considered workspaces.
May supervisors allow employees to take outdoor breaks during the work-day to remove their masks?
Yes. Supervisors can split paid breaks into multiple parts but extending paid breaks, or granting additional paid breaks, is not authorized.
Do the DOD and Army orders on mask wear apply to contractors in the work place?
Can I take my mask off in a designated smoking area in order to take a smoking break?
Yes, so long as you maintain six feet of social distance from other persons.
Should I wear a mask at an access control point?
You may remove your mask to extent necessary to identify yourself.
Do I need to wear a mask if I have had my COVID-19 vaccine?
There is no current exception for vaccinated personnel. You should follow CDC guidelines and the additional requirements referenced above for such mask wear.
Do I have to follow references a-c if I am not on a military installation and not performing official duties on behalf of the Department of Defense?
No, but USACC COVID-19 General Order #1 (reference d) requires service member’s compliance with CDC guidelines.
Are there any Exceptions to Policy?
No exceptions to policy are currently authorized. Reference (c) directs the Army to follow all DOD guidance on mask wear and states guidance on additional authority to grant exceptions to this policy will be published at a later date. Accordingly, the USACC G3 will publish any future exceptions to policy on mask wear for personnel assigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky via FRAGO.
The below list provides answers to additional frequently asked questions.
Is there a plan in place to address the backlog of medical appointments once Ireland returns to normal operations? Are mass medical events available to units to address audio/vision/immunization requirements tied to PHAs?
For the units on post, we are looking at several options, includingthe potential of operating the Soldier Readiness Processing site – possiblyevery weekday for several weeks as we have everything at that locationequipment-wise, and the expanse of that building helps with social distancing.For backlog, we havebrought on additional providers recently. We do encourage beneficiaries to callfor virtual appointments now (and then once the provider team speaks to thepatient, if they need to be seen in person we bring them in). As we ease into openingaspects of our operations back up, we do anticipate an increase in certaintypes of appointments (physicals, well woman, school related for children orservice members as well as things people may have put off). Going forward, wewill maintain a strong – but certainly not exclusive – virtual component, whichcan often meet many of the needs of patients.
Are visitor passes still available at the Visitor Center?
Yes. The Visitor Center remains open normal hours, andpeople may use a kiosk or visit a manned window inside to obtain a pass. Remember, to enter, you must wear a clothface covering.For more informationon the Visitor Center and visitor passes, simply click on “Gate Information” from the homepage.
If we go to HPCON DELTA, what does it mean for civilians living on post (specifically with no DOD affiliation)?
Up front, we have to be careful about proclaiming in “absolutes”what, precisely, would happen. Yes, theteam’s conducted a lot of planning, evaluated several considerations, and developed“ways ahead,” should we be directed to go to HPCON DELTA. But, several factors – including thesituation on the ground and higher headquarters directives – all play a part inwhat ultimately could transpire.
Having said that, while installation access would reasonablystand to be impacted (e.g., no visitors allowed, with limited exceptionsgranted on a case-by-case basis), it’s not our aim here locally to “lock down”the gates. So with that in mind, theidea is that on-post residents – regardless of affiliation – could stillultimately exit and enter post. Let’s be adults and smart about it,though. Travel at level DELTA needs tobe restricted to truly essential purposes.
Now, what this looks like is…
A) “Waterfall” residents would have a memo that they would present to the gateguard, along with their photo ID.
B) They, along with everyone else seeking installationentry, would undergo an initial screening (set of questions) by a gate guard.
C) If all is well, they’ll be permitted installationentry. Otherwise, they’ll undergo asecondary screening by medical personnel so that the most appropriatedetermination can be made (e.g., permitted installation entry, some type ofrestriction, etc.).
D) Brandenburg Gate would be the only one of the threeprimary access control points open, and its hours would change to 24/7.Again, this is justpart of our developed plans, but people need to stay flexible. The bottom line is this: We’re focused on thesafety of those who live and work on Fort Knox. We don’t want to be prohibitively restrictive in our actions if it’ssimply unnecessary. And we recognizethat there are other factors that could be in play that dictate what changeswill come. So again, please be patientand understanding, and we’ll continue to get any information out on notablechanges.
Why are you not informing us where suspected COVID-19 patients worked and when they last worked so we know whether or not we are at risk for exposure?
It’s important for everyone to know that the Fort Knox PreventiveMedicine team – and other health departments for that matter – conducts what’scalled “contact investigations.” Thisessentially means that they ID and contact persons who have been in closecontact with a positive COVID-19 patient – all as part of efforts to reduce thespread of the virus. Now, shouldPreventive Medicine be unable to identify contacts, it is at that point when othermeans would be employed, which could include a notification to a larger “shotgroup” (which could even include a public announcement). The notification would essentially requestthat individuals who were at a specific location at a specific time and may be showingCOVID-19 symptoms contact Preventive Medicine immediately. The Preventive Medicine team takes veryseriously its job to identify and speak with all those who need to be notified.