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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

CURRENT SITUATION: 

AS OF  April 8, 2020:

Have a question or concern;  use the following outlets to address it.

Email:  Request Garrison assistance  

Hotline: DSN: 431-3448 or CIV: 07031-15-3448 (Active 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

ICE: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=98795&s=44&dep=*DoD

COVID-19 CASES UPDATE:  (As of 7 p.m.) HPCON is: Charlie

- Germany: has 109,107 confirmed cases and is reporting 2,066 deaths. Baden-Württemberg has 21,490 confirmed cases and is reporting 514 deaths. (Source: Robert-Kosh Institute and the Worldometer Collecting Corona Statistics)

-April8: Col Condrey discusses requirement to wear face coverings  

-https://www.facebook.com/USAGarrisonStuttgart/videos/1376423052549677/

 

- Guidelines for Critical Services Changes  - FAQs for Critical Services changes

- Red Group Shopping Days  - White Group Shopping Days - Blue Group Shopping Days

- Guidelines for Restriction of Movement (ROM) Services & facilities Operating Hours

- COVID-19 Return to work guidelines      Door signs for 14-day isolating/quarantining 

- CARES Act Info Paper COVID-19 impact    - COVID-19 Cleaning & Disinfection Tips

 

COVID-19 LATEST NEWS UPDATE: 

- AFFES provides operating hours for open facilities on Easter Sunday.  Main Exchange 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Panzer Food Court, Popeyes 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.& Pizza Hut 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Patch Express 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Kelley Express 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.   

-The Stuttgart Army Helth Clinic on Patch will conduct COVID-19 symptomatic screening at the Drive-thru from 9 .m. until 3:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday. and on weekends from 10 a.m. until noon. To follow the clinics' daily posts, visit its Facebook siteat:  https://rhce.amedd.army.mil/stuttgart/

- Pick-up at Patch Cleaners - Monday April 6, from 12 to 2 p.m. for pickup of prepaid cleaning orders - only, not handling money. Pick-up at Panzer Cleaners pickup Tuesday, April 7 from 12 to 2 p.m.

- The operating hours of SatoTravel Patch Barracks (Official Travel) are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Customer service is currently provided via electronic means only (phone, e-mail and DTS). No walk-in customers. The commercial phone number is 0711-6569240, the DSN numbers are 430-2106 or 430-2107. E-mail contact is stuttgartcto@cwtsato.com. After duty-hours the SatoTravel Emergency Service Center in San Antonio, TX will assist with urgent/short-notice requests for official travel.

- Soldier For Life - TAP processing via telephone

- Passports and Visa processing have been suspended by the State Department. Emergency and mission essential cases will require a memo signed by a GO or SES. The garrison passport office advised that a passport agent will be available to answer questions and provide SOFA cards.

- The Stuttgart Dental Clinic on Panzer Kaserne will be open on Tuesday, March 31, for dental emergencies only, call CIV: 01622-708-576. 

- The COVID-19 App button underwent a major overhaul Tuesday to better serve the community. This included several aesthetic menu improvements, plus style and content updates. The COVID-19 button menu now matches the theme of the App. The Volunteer button now has 3 categories - "Service volunteers" who are pointed to ACS. "Medical volunteers" who are pointed towards the American Red Cross. "Personal volunteers" are also directed to ACS. Lastly a "request help from volunteer" section that is also managed currently by the ACS. The Shopping Groups" icon was updated with the most up to date postal hours and the content improved for mobile device scrolling.

- Postal appointments will be temporarily phased out and in-person counter service will be limited to pre-prepared parcels in new COVID-related measures being implemented by the USAG Stuttgart Directorate of Human Resources (DHR). Due to the fact that the Army Post Offices (APOs) are not able to meet the community’s need with appointments, and for the safety of the community and postal team, we will only accept parcels that are prepaid “Click and Ship” or have pre-printed customs forms starting Monday, April 6, 2020.  All parcels must be completely sealed with tape and prepared for mailing prior to being brought to the Post Office. Appointments scheduled on and after April 6 will be canceled, and affected customers will receive notifications. The APOs, where customers send mail, are not currently part of the Red, White, and Blue group shopping. However, parcel pickup from Community Mail Rooms does fall under that arrangement, and customers are asked to observe the designated days of their assigned group when using the service. Army Post Offices are currently open at Panzer Kaserne on Mondays and Wednesdays and Patch Barracks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, both from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. APOs at Robinson Barracks and Kelley Barracks are temporarily closed.

- Drivers Testing Office in Bldg. 2913 on Panzer Kaserne is open for regular operation. For more information call: DSN: 596-2007 or CIV: 09641-70-5962007. 

- The Vet clinic on Panzer Kaserne is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Limited appointment types, retail/prescriptions are still ongoing. Email: usarmy.rheinland-pfalz.medcom-ph-e.list.vtf-stuttgt@mail.mil.

- IACS and Vehicle registration and inspection offices make changes. The Installation Access Control System (IACS) registration sites at the Panzer Main Gate and the Kelley Main Gate are closed.  Customers can still register ID cards and obtain installation passes at the main IACS Office on Panzer Kaserne in Bldg. 2915 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays. Starting Monday, March 30, the Vehicle Registration and Vehicle Inspection offices on Panzer Kaserne will only be open on Mondays and Fridays for online appointments only.  Customers who made an appointment on Tuesday-Thursday should use the USAG Stuttgart app or StuttgartCitizen.com to reschedule the appointment. 

Closures and Documents related to COVID-19

Stuttgart FMWR services and activities

Stuttgart Chapel worship, events and  education

- Housing Office no longer servicing Walks-Ins

- Transportation Office now working via emails and calls

- AAFES & DoDEA offer grab-and-go school lunches

 

COVID-19 - UPDATE FOR STATE OF BADEN-WüRTTEMBERG:

- Stuttgart Airport Closed for Repairs  - Host Nation COVID-19 News Stories for April 7

- Robert Koch Institute-Exit Strategy from restrictions In the battle against the virus outbreak, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) believes that an end to all measures at once is currently unthinkable. "An exit might suggest that one simply lifts all measures and then lives as before the epidemic. I personally cannot imagine that at the moment," says Robert Koch Institute Director Lothar Wieler with regard to the debate about an exit strategy, the so-called exit from the restrictions. "I imagine that there will be certain changes step by step." Politicians would have to decide on the exact procedure", Wieler sais. (News channel Ntv April 08, 2020)

- Guidelines on fines for the ban on contact in Baden-Württemberg. The German national police force will continue to monitor the implementation of the Corona Ordinance with high pressure and strong forces.  After all,  following the rules will decide on human lives at the end of the day. Be part of it - save human lives!" In Baden-Württemberg, Interior Minister Thomas Strobl points out the importance of the fines catalogue. In Baden-Württemberg, being in a public space with more than two people is penalized by the local municipal police authorities with a fine of 100 to 1000 euros per person. Anyone who continues to operate an establishment that is actually closed, such as a hairdressing salon, bar or club, will have to pay 2500 to 5000 euros. Anyone entering an establishment closed to visitors, such as a hospital or nursing home, risks a fine of between 250 and 1,500 euros. Those who forget their commuter certificate on their way to work pay a fine of up to 500 euros. In Baden-Württemberg, repeated violations can also lead to fines of up to 25,000 euros. (News channel ntv April 03, 2020)  (NOTE:  For more HN News stories see: Host Nation COVID-19 News Stories for April 6.)

Shops in Baden-Württemberg remain closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. There has been massive protest from unions and churches about the decision to open shops.

City considers simple mouth and nose protection to be useful - special masks only for medical and nursing services . Prof. Stefan Ehehalt, the head of the Public Health Department of the State capital of Stuttgart considers it to be sensible for citizens to wear a simple, even self-made, mouth and nose protector. Prof. Stefan Ehehalt, explained on Friday, April 3: "The most effective protection for yourself and others is good hand hygiene, adherence to sneezing and coughing rules and keeping a distance (at least 1.5 metres). In addition, the Robert Koch Institute has now emphasized that wearing a simple mouth and nose protector can reduce the risk of infecting other people by coughing, sneezing or speaking, for example. Therefore, by wearing these masks you protect others.  Lord Mayor Fritz Kuhn affirmed: "Many people want to occupy themselves meaningfully and make a personal contribution to overcome this crisis together. It is a strong signal that committed citizens are now making masks themselves. Caution and consideration are essential to contain the spread of the virus." Kuhn emphasized that the well-known rules of conduct, such as keeping your distance, must also be observed. The health authorities recommend careful use of the simple mouth-nose protection, the so-called spit protection. Ehehalt recommends: "If the mouth-nose protector is soaked, it should be removed and replaced if necessary". The spitting protection reduces the own emission of droplets when speaking or sneezing. Ehehalt explained: "The wearer himself is not protected from infection. The best protection for one's own health is still hand hygiene or observing the distance rules and sneezing etiquette. And if you are ill, stay at home." (Stuttgart Press Release – April 3, 2020)

- Merkel returns to the Chancellery. Chancellor Angela Merkel has overcome her domestic quarantine. "The Chancellor is returning to her workplace in the Chancellor's Office today", government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in Berlin. Her 14-day quarantine, which she had carried out upon the recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute, is now over. "Fortunately, the Chancellor has been tested negative several times," Seibert explained. However, the Chancellor's Office will continue to follow the recommendations in regard of maintaining distance. (News channel NTV April 3, 2020)

- More than 300 people responded to the call of the clinic group to recruit more volunteer personnel  The good news up front: According to County Commissioner Roland Bernhard, 33 people within the Böblingen district have already survived their corona infection. By Wednesday morning, 664 people had tested positive for the virus and 10 have died. The County Commissioer was not able to provide any further information on the deaths. Currently, 68 corona patients are being treated in the hospitals at the Böblingen district, 20 of them are currently receiving treatment with ventilation machines. This means that almost one third of the 63 intensive care places are occupied. (N News Briefs April 3, 2020)

Minister President Winfried Kretschmann sees no sacrifice of civil liberties In an interview on Wednesday evening on ARD television, Winfried Kretschmann rejected accusations that the state is sacrificing civil liberties. He also spoke again about reporting Corona violations. Berlin - Baden-Wuerttemberg's Premier Winfried Kretschmann has refuted accusations that the state is sacrificing the freedom of society by severely restricting contact. "First of all, we are not sacrificing freedom rights because freedom rights are only temporarily restricted," the Green politician said on Wednesday evening on ARD television. He said it was about saving lives during "a catastrophic situation". "The population can be sure that with the end of this crisis, civil liberties will be radically restored, just as they were before.”

How much longer will the garbage collectors be coming? Disposal companies demand looser regulations in order to be able to continue to collect waste. The citizens must also help - with self-discipline. The garbage is still collected in Germany. This statement is important to Peter Kurth. "The waste disposal companies will not withdraw from the public sphere", the President of the Federal Association of the German Waste Management, Water and Raw Materials Industry (BDE) assured WELT. And yet, in the coming weeks, things could be different for waste collection in Germany. At least, this is made clear by the municipal companies that share waste disposal in this country with the private sector represented by the BDE. "If personnel shortages occur in the companies due to several cases of disease and quarantine, the municipal companies will prioritize waste disposal in line with the requirements of health protection," announces Patrick Hasenkamp, Vice President of the Association of Municipal Companies (VKU).

- City calls on people shopping at Hardware and garden supply centers to urgently comply with Corona protection measures. During inspections, the Stuttgart police found that implemented measures were not followed at certain DIY stores. Fines up to Euro 25,000 and the imposition of more far-reaching regulations, including the closure of all DIY superstores and garden centers if rules are not followed. These rules are in particular: avoiding queues and having at least 1.5 – 2 meters distance between customers, using the cart as an option to keep the distance.

- RegioRadStuttgart will offer one hour of free cycling when renting bicycles starting on Monday, March 30. Stuttgart and all RegioRad Stuttgart communities are trying to offer commuters an alternative to public transporting. The campaign will run until April 13.

- Some of Stuttgart's local sports clubs now offer 25-minute videos of daily workout sessions.  The videos will stream on Stuttgart's FB page: (Stuttgart – meine Stadt) and on the official Stuttgart website (www.stuttgart.de/corona) daily at 5:30 p.m. The program will feature functional fitness, yoga, aerobic and Zumba until April 19.

- Numbers change frequently as the situation progresses. Other sources may reflect different numbers. The Garrison Public Affairs Office uses information it receives from the B-W Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration  and the Robert Koch Institute. Their websites are:

Robert-Koch Institute:

https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Fallzahlen.html 

B-W Ministry for Social Affairs: https://sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/gesundheitpflege/gesundheitsschutz/infektionsschutz-hygiene/informationen-zu-coronavirus/

Videos & Live Facebook COVID-19  products:

April 7: Col Condrey hosted  a FB Live Town Hall on latest COVID-19 topics 

-https://www.facebook.com/USAGarrisonStuttgart/videos/1492953617533865/

-April 3: Col Condrey hosted  a FB Live Forum on Resiliency Wellness during COVID-19 

-https://www.facebook.com/USAGarrisonStuttgart/videos/695110144630138/

April 1 Col Condrey discusses vounteer & job oportunities amid COVID-19 

https://www.facebook.com/USAGarrisonStuttgart/videos/244180786629543/

March 31 USAG Stuttgart Live FB COVID-19 update:

-https://www.facebook.com/USAGarrisonStuttgart/videos/217392062687934/

March 29  Col Condrey highlights changes to Critical Services

https://www.facebook.com/USAGarrisonStuttgart/videos/224129138994227/

March 27 Col Condrey provides input on families at the PX,     https://www.facebook.com/USAGarrisonStuttgart/videos/927873777631774/

March 26 USAG Stuttgart Live FB Housing and COVID-19 update:

https://www.facebook.com/USAGarrisonStuttgart/videos/147798943239579/

March 25  USAG Stuttgart Commander Col. Condrey provides COVID-19 info.

Col Condrey talks about increase in confirmed cases and impact

March 23 USAG Stuttgart Live FB Youth COVID-19 update:

https://www.facebook.com/USAGarrisonStuttgart/videos/2595736807215936/ 

March 20 USAG Stuttgart Commander Col. Jason Condrey provides COVID-19 updates:

https://youtu.be/hPou1emkL00  (not accesible on a .mil computer) 

COVID-19 Information sites and products

DOD places travel restrictions on uniform and civilian personnel

FAQs Concerning DOD Travel Restrictions

Suspension of Entry as Immigrants & Nonimmagrants who pose a risk 

Defense Health Agency COVID-19 Toolkit

COVID-19 Best practies for protecting families 

Protecting Yourself From Respiratory Illness