Be Vigilant. Protect Others. Stay Safe.
Reduce contacts to within your household, work or school “bubble.”
Wear a face mask when 6 feet (1.5 meters) of distance cannot be guaranteed.
Stay home if you feel ill.
Wash your hands frequently.
Regularly disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
COVID-19 Command Policy
CURRENT: General Order 1C is in effect for the Stuttgart Military Community, effective June 5.
The order applies to all U.S. Army Europe personnel at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. It all applies to all service members, family members, Department of Defense civilian personnel and others who are “present on, or seeking access to,” USAG Stuttgart.
One of the key changes, anticipated by community members since host nation officials recently began loosening travel restrictions, is the reduction of limits for personnel at USAG Stuttgart related to unofficial travel.
“Unofficial travel for DoD service members is authorized in accordance with any Department of Defense travel guidance and host nation public health measures,” the order states.
The order no longer has language about overnight stays, which means travelling and staying overnight for personal reasons is now an option for community members, as long as it in line with DoD and host nation rules.
COVID-19 Guidance & FAQs
All official and leisure travel is subject to DoD and Host Nation guidance and based upon unit travel and leave policies. As USAREUR, EUCOM, and AFRICOM all publish testing and quarantine guidance it is recommended that personnel seek command guidance in addition to garrison guidance.
DoD Guidance for Official Travel
Those travelling for official duty are required to visit the
- As of Nov. 20 all personnel traveling on Patriot Express are required to provide hard copy proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of flight departure.
- As of Nov. 8 travelers seeking entry into Germany who have been in a risk area (which includes the US) in the last 10 days are required to complete this Digital Registration on Entry and provide proof of registration when entering the country. Visit the Federal Ministry of Health's FAQ site for more details in English.
- All DoD personnel must use the Patriot Express for PCS between the U.S. and Germany and Italy.
- All DoD personnel are required to complete a 14-day Restriction of Movement before PCSing, either at their home station before they move or once in theater.
- Deploying personal are required to wear PPE while en route.
What does a newcomer/return traveler to USAG Stuttgart need to do?
1. At least three days prior to arrival, send the Army Health Clinic-Stuttgart (AHC-S) an email at the group inbox with the information required to pre-register you at the clinic.
- Last name, first name, middle initial
- Date of Birth
- Status (Active Duty, Reserves, Guard, Civilian, Contractor)
- SSN or DoD ID number
- Marital Status
Note: each patient must have their own SSN or DoD ID number in order to be registered. Patients cannot use the sponsor’s SSN or DoD ID number
2. As soon as you arrive, your unit sponsor should bring you directly to the clinic to get tested. If you arrive after the clinic has closed, go to your hotel room and be prepared to come to the clinic the following weekday at 9:00 a.m.
3. After testing, return to your room and wait for results. Everyone should observe strict quarantine protocol while waiting to test or receive results. Results for Service Members, Civilian employees, and contractors should be available the following day, and those of family members within the next 48-72 hours. Due to the volume of testing, clinic staff will only contact individuals with positive results (as well as their unit sponsors due to possible exposure).
4. The next steps are based on your results and your unit’s quarantine guidance:
a) If positive, you will be placed in isolation
b) If negative, and your unit requires a full quarantine, you will remain in the full quarantine for the 10 days
c) If negative, and your unit permits a “working” quarantine, you can get an exemption certificate from your unit
4. Return to the Patch Clinic for a second test no earlier than your eighth day after arrival. Even if you test negative here, you must limit your contact through the end of your quarantine.
5. On Day 10 after arrival and after two tests, presuming you are not contacted by the clinic due to a positive test, you may exit quarantine status.
USAG-Stuttgart COVID-19 Testing Protocol
- The testing protocol for everyone is two tests:
- 1st test upon arrival or contact/infection
- 2nd test no earlier than 8 days later
- Everyone should observe strict quarantine protocol while waiting to test or receive results. Results for Service Members, Civilian employees, and contractors are available the following day, and those of family members within the next 48-72 hours.
- New arrivals (PCS or TDY) and any community members returning from travel to the United States (official or non-official) or other locations via commercial air must undergo testing and quarantine once on the ground in Stuttgart.
- If you are not contacted by the clinic due to a positive test, and you are not symptomatic, there is no medical clearance required to exit quarantine after 10 days.
- Support for quarantining families is available, whether from the unit sponsor, the volunteer shopper program, or a combination.
Note for Tricare beneficiaries: Off-post testing is only reimbursable if required by an off-post provider as part of an evaluation and treatment plan
COVID-19 Testing Protocol
USAG-Stuttgart COVID 10-day Quarantine Protocol
While under a full quarantine, you must stay in your hotel room or quarters for 10 days. This includes eating in your room (food must be delivered to your room) and coordinating with your hotel for laundry service.
Sponsors are responsible for providing life support and procuring necessary supplemental items; the volunteer Commissary Concierge service is also available to support.
As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a mask.
Under a full quarantine, a single member of the family may leave to:
- Walk a dog
- Take out trash (only in quarters; not a hotel)
- Medical emergency/medical appointment/follow-on testing (must call to coordinate with the clinic so that appropriate precautions are taken during clinic visit)
Civilians, contractors, and family members who refuse to test will be assumed positive and will need to complete the full 10 day quarantine with no “working” allowances.
Special Quarantine Requirements for Students:
- School populations have special quarantine requirements. Students identified as close contacts (including ring contacts) of other students (friend groups, sitting right next to the positive student, same sport teams, small groups, etc.) will quarantine for 10 days from last exposure and will be tested immediately as well as 5-7 days later. Classroom contacts and bus contacts, who are not identified as close contacts/ring contacts, will incur no quarantine obligation. They are expected to be extra-vigilant to any COVID-19 symptoms and test immediately if any symptoms develop. Classroom contacts and bus contacts, as a group, will not be tested unless symptoms develop. This policy may change as community prevalence rates change and/or as the policies of the local German schools change.
Receiving COVID test results & exemption certificates
- Test results are protected medical information with strict privacy requirements. Only you can receive them from a medical provider; your sponsor or your spouse cannot get your results for you.
- You or your spouse can obtain test results from unit medical assets via Relay Health Secure Messaging, or a telephone consult
- If you test negative, you can authorize your unit sponsor to pick up a physician’s certificate of medical exemption which enables you to enter a “working” quarantine–if your unit allows working quarantine.
- Units with medical assets (EUCOM, AFRICOM, SOCEUR, SOCAF, MARFOREUR/AF, and 1-10 SFG (A)) will get the certificate from their unit medical staff. Some of these headquarters have different standards for when personnel will enter “working” quarantine, so notification is best through unit means.
- For units without medical staff here at Stuttgart, your exemption certificate can be picked up at the Patch Clinic drive-thru at 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- The certificate of exemption must be carried at all times by all individuals for 14 days after receipt
COVID-related classifications for individuals
Confirmed positive: The person has tested positive for COVID-19 at AHC-S or another testing location. COVID-19 positive persons may display symptoms or may have no symptoms (asymptomatic).
Presumed positive: The person has COVID-19 symptoms and a strong epidemiologic link to a case, without a positive COVID-19 test result. A medical provider has determined that the individual will be considered COVID-19 positive and managed in the same way as a confirmed positive case.
Person under investigation (PUI): A person with symptoms possibly consistent with COVID-19 that is awaiting COVID-19 testing results.
Close contact: A person who had close contact with a confirmed or presumed positive COVID-19 case. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a person for 15 minutes (cumulative). The timeline of concern for close contact is from two days prior to onset of the COVID-19 positive person’s symptoms, or two days prior to the collection of test specimen in an asymptomatic COVID-19 positive person. Examples of close contacts include family members, household members, friends, sports teammates, coaches, and small group members. Persons with less than 15 minute duration of contact but with a significant exposure (e.g., directly coughed or sneezed on) are considered close contacts. The wear of cloth face coverings decreases risk of transmission, but does not eliminate risk for close contacts and does not impact whether quarantine will be recommended.
Ring Contact: Applies to students within a classroom. Specifically, a student sitting immediately next to a positive case in either the classroom or on the bus. Includes seats in front of, behind, left, right and diagonals. In the current setting of high prevalence and widespread community transmission, ring contacts will be considered close contacts and will incur the same quarantine requirements.
How to buy food and essentials while quarantined
- Programs are available at both the Exchange and Commissaries to accommodate the needs of quarantined personnel accessing bare essential items.
- Orders placed through the “Buy Online, Pick Up In Store” option at shopmyexchange.com may be picked up curbside by those under “working” quarantine orders. Families under full quarantine should ask their sponsor or contact ACS to request that a volunteer pick up the items and deliver them to the hotel room/quarters. If an authorized agent (sponsor or volunteer) will be picking up your items, be sure to let the Exchange Associate know.
- The Commissary Concierge program is also available for grocery needs. Contact the ACS volunteer program for guidance.
Informational Links (External)
- Army COVID-19 Homepage
- AFRICOM COVID-19 Updates
- EUCOM COVID-19 Updates
- USAREUR COVID-19 Homepage
- CDC Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) homepage
- CDC Information for Travelers
- DoD Novel Coronavirus Resources Site
- DoDEA Schools COVID-19 Site
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
- Novel Coronavirus Interactive Display Map and Demographics
- Robert-Koch Institute – Germany state-by-state tracker (website in German)
- State Department Travel Advisories
- Stuttgart Army Health Clinic
- World Health Organization