Information Updated on: 1/27/2021 2:30 PM

FOR THE PICATINNY ARSENAL

This page contains information about the Army's response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for all U.S. Army personnel – Soldiers and civilians – serving at the Picatinny Arsenal.

Picatinny Arsenal is taking proactive steps and adhering to the guidance outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Defense Health Agency to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

INFORMATION AVAILABLE AS OF January 27th, 2021

Picatinny Arsenal is at HPCON Bravo.

All gates are operational.

New Jersey has confirmed 606,492 cases of the Coronavirus and is currently in a state of emergency. Morris County has reported 26,724 cases.
Link to State of New Jersey COVID-19 website
Link to State of New York COVID-19 website
Link to State of Pennsylvania COVID-19 website
Link to DoD Response COVID-19 website

REPORTING PROCEDURES

If you have been exposed to someone that has been around the Coronavirus (family, friends/coworkers) or you have been diagnosed with the virus, immediately contact your Supervisor. Supervisors must report all exposure/confirmed cases to Directorate of Operations at usarmy.pica.usag.mbx.coronavirus-reporting@mail.mil or Call Directorate of Operations, 973-724-2933/4939/4038.

VACCINES

Picatinny Arsenal leadership is working with the Army Public Health Command to obtain vaccines. Picatinny Arsenal will follow DoD Guidance on Population Prioritization.

Due to possible delays in receiving the vaccine we encourage all employees and residents to utilize your local area Vaccine Clinics/Hospitals/Sites to obtain your shot.

TRAVEL GUIDANCE

Most recent USD on DoD Travel Guidance

New Jersey Travel Guidance:

As of November 25, New Jersey will no longer utilize previously outlined metrics to inform its travel advisory.  Travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging for 14 days. The Department of Health will issue additional information in the coming days regarding travel precautions. Individuals should follow the state's current guidance until a new policy is issued. The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected.

Pennsylvania Travel Guidance:

By Order issued November 17, 2020, the Wolf administration is requiring that travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. If a traveler chooses to get tested upon entering the Commonwealth, or is waiting for test results, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days, or until receipt of a negative test result, whichever comes first.

New York Travel Guidance:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine for asymptomatic individuals. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The guidance also applies to any person who has traveled to CDC Levels 2 and higher Health Notice country under the COVID risk assessment.

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

Link to SECDEF Memo
Link to CDC Travel Information

On March 11th, the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghegreyesus, declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 a pandemic. For the latest information, visit the WHO website via the link provided below.
Link to the World Health Organization Coronavirus Disease 2019 Site

The Army is taking precautionary measures to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness. We will continue to evaluate current day-to-day operations to ensure the safety of all of our Soldiers, family members and civilian personnel. We encourage all personnel to follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Link to the CDC's COVID-19 website

HEALTH PROTECTION

Help mitigate the spread of the virus by following recommended preventive measures such as frequent hand washing, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces, staying home when feeling ill, and avoiding touching eyes, nose, and/or mouth.

We encourage all personnel to continue to practice proper hygiene as the best way to prevent the spread of viruses. This includes washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Also, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with those who are sick. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces should also be done.
Link to CDC: Protect Yourself and Your Family

CIVILIAN PERSONNEL GUIDANCE

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, the Office of Personnel Management will continue to assist and inform agencies and employees regarding the potential impacts of and available responses to COVID-19. The OPM will also update its website on a frequent basis to provide the latest guidance and additional questions and answers.
Link to Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service Guidance
Link to the OPM's COVID-19 Website
Download the OPM's COVID-19 Questions & Answers Document
MORE INFORMATION
Link to Department of Defense Coronavirus Website
Link to the Army Public Health Center Website