From the Command Team

* Face coverings required in all facilities on Fort Leonard Wood *

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GLWACH

If you have had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days or you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not go to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. Report to Harper In-processing Health Screening Facility, Building 500, for screening. Harper Screening Facility is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For additional information, contact the Harper In-processing Health Screening Facility at 573.596.3663.

GLWACH Temporary Visitation Policy

In support of our patients and families, we are modifying our hospital visitation policy. The health and safety of our patients, visitors, staff and our community remain a top priority at GLWACH.

Effective 14 October 2020, GLWACH will only allow visitors into the facility as indicated below: 
• Outpatients: 1 adult caregiver/battle-buddy or 2 battle-buddies for a trainee behavioral health visit (clinic must be contacted first for any extenuating circumstances)
• Pediatric inpatients: 2 visitors
• Cognitively impaired adults (inpatient and outpatient): 1 primary caregiver
• All inpatients at end-of-life: 2 visitors
• All inpatients (not listed above): 1 visitor for no greater than 2 hours daily
• Labor and Delivery (including postpartum): 1 primary support person 
• Ambulatory/Same day Surgeries: 1 escort permitted until discharge.
• Surgery with planned admission: 1 escort may remain in the hospital vicinity until the surgeon completes the case and discusses it with him/her. (Patient must agree to the sharing of the information with the escort/family member) 
• Emergency Department: 1 escort/battle-buddy (exception in pediatrics or end-of-life)
Other than the exceptions above, visitors will not be permitted to accompany patients to outpatient appointments. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s support in preserving the safety of our patients and staff. For questions/concerns, please speak to a member of the patient’s healthcare team.
For all patients and visitors:
• Please do not arrive any more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
• Everyone must wear a face covering according to current guidance.
• Everyone should practice physical distancing measures (greater than 6 feet) as appropriate.
• We encourage patients to remain closely connected to their loved ones through virtual means and mobile devices.  Note: Please be careful not to impede healthcare, display HIPAA information, or include patients or staff who have not consented to being filmed/photographed.

* This policy is in effect until further notice. Guidance is subject to change based on new or additional information.

For updates and resources, visit:
GLWACH on Facebook 
• For general COVID-19 information, visit the CDC website 
For questions/concerns, patients are encouraged to message their health care provider using Secure Messaging .

You may also call our Patient Representatives at (573) 596-7414/0418.

GLWACH requires patients and visitors to wear face masks when coming to our facility. Hospital staff are also taking protective measures to minimize risk when coming to our facility.

When checking-in, please let staff know immediately if you are experiencing a fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath. This allows us to quickly mitigate any risk to our staff, patients and visitors. We want to collaboratively partner with you to ensure GLWACH is a safe and comfortable facility for everyone.

Are there any changes at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital (GLWACH)?

As General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital on Fort Leonard Wood continues to reopen services, we want to emphasize the importance of maintaining social distancing and protective measures to keep our beneficiaries and staff healthy and safe. We have made the following adjustments to operations:

Inpatient Guidance: For visitation, GLWACH will continue to allow only one visitor per patient and that visitor will be the same person during the patient’s stay. There may be some instances where visitors are restricted for visitation to protect the health of the patient and/or visitor.

Outpatient Protocol/Guidance: GLWACH is asking patients to present alone for care, or minimize additional visitors to those necessary to facilitate care such as non-medical attendant or emotional support partner, etc.

As a reminder, the main hospital and emergency room entrances are open 24/7 and the Primary Care Clinic (middle door) entrance is open from 6a.m.to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All other patient entrances that were previously closed due to COVID-19 operations are now accessible for routine access to GLWACH.

The curbside pharmacy services have been discontinued. However, to ensure continued safety and convenience, the PX Pharmacy will implement a streamlined pick-up process in the Pharmacy lobby. Due to updated COVID-19 social distancing measures, patients will be permitted to enter pharmacy waiting areas in limited numbers and all refills must be called in prior to arrival. Customers arriving to pick up their prescriptions MUST wear a mask, observe physical distancing and will be asked to approach the check-in table one at a time.

Written prescriptions are to be dropped-off at the GLWACH Main Pharmacy for processing and you will get a text when they are ready for pick-up. Effective Aug. 3, 2020, the GLWACH Main Pharmacy hours are changing to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Monday through Friday.

For requesting refills, you need to call the automated refill line at 1.800.245.1953 or 573.596.0128, or via the internet at http://glwach.amedd.army.mil/default.htm (click on Patient Care, then on Pharmacy Refill). All information needed to process a refill is located on the prescription label, and the automated service provides the time and date refills will be available for pickup – all refills will be available within 72 hours. If a refill is not picked-up within 10 working days after being processed, it will need to be requested again.

All refills must be picked up at the Post Exchange Pharmacy, which is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday – the GLWACH Main Hospital Pharmacy is not a refill pickup location. The PX Pharmacy is closed from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturdays for lunch.

It is recommended that patients call to check on refill prescriptions prior to arriving at the PX Pharmacy table. This will help with wait times. The call-in numbers are 573.596.1709/3234/3235.

Primary Care Clinic: In order to ensure patients receive the care needed while remaining safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our team at the Primary Care Clinic has transitioned some visits to virtual-care visits. This means clinic team members will call and schedule a time to speak with the patient about health care needs. Handling appointments over the phone or with the secure messaging system will lessen foot traffic in the hospital and decrease risk of infectious transmission for our beneficiaries.

Patients with allergy and infusion needs will continue to be seen on a scheduled basis.

Behavioral Health: BHSL has returned to face-to-face visits within all specialties. Tele/Virtual BH are only being provided as patients request and if patient is not considered high risk. Only patients being seen telephonically on a regular basis are those under quarantine.

TRICARE Online web-enabled patient appointment booking is active and we have added new visit types: within next 24 hours virtual (telephone) visit, and beyond next 24 hours virtual (telephone) visit. Please call 866.299.4234 or go to: www.tricareonline.com to book appointments and continue to use TOL Secure Messaging.

Dermatology Clinic: Effective July 20, 2020 all dermatology referrals will be sent out to the local area to be seen within the appropriate time frame.

Some elective surgeries have resumed. Surgeries are being scheduled based upon medical necessity and prioritized as such.

Dental clinics have resumed services in a phased approach. Patient procedures are scheduled based upon readiness category and medical necessity and prioritized as such.

Mother Baby Unit: Regular care will continue with the Mother Baby Unit. Only one person is allowed on the unit with a laboring mother; triage visits must follow these same guidelines. No other children are allowed at this time so please make arrangements prior to your labor.

The Urgent Care Clinic is changing its name to the new “AMIC” (Acute Minor Illness Clinic). AMIC is located across from the Emergency Room, and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, 7 days a week, including Holidays.

Soldier Centered Medical Team Sick Call is located at the new AMIC from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Referrals-Referrals continue to be processed. GLWACH is working to maximize care provided within the MTF and minimize travel outside the 100-mile radius. Where possible, referrals will be assigned a provider within GLWACH, and if not within the 100-mile radius. If referred by GLWACH to a hospital outside of 100-mile radius an Exception to Policy (ETP) will no longer be required per General Order #1 effective July 8, 2020.

To check the status of an authorization, please go to the Tricare website www.tricare-west.com or call 844-866-9378. For any other questions regarding referrals, please call 573-596-0440 or 573-596-5328.

What is GLWACH doing to assess a patient suspected of having COVID-19?

Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 should contacttheir Primary Care Manager or utilize their designated sick-call site for evaluation andtesting.

FLW MEDDAC or DES (Department of Emergency Services) employees withCOVID-19 symptoms and asymptomatic (without symptoms) close contacts ofconfirmed COVID-19 cases can go to Harper Screening Facility between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday forevaluation and testing.

Harper Screening Facility can be reached at573-596-3663.

What is GLWACH doing to see or report potential COVID-19 patients?

Our medical professionals continually train and prepareto deal with emergent issues.

GLWACH Public Health Activity informs the PulaskiCounty Health Department or all positives identified.

If the person does notlive in Pulaski County, the Pulaski County Health Department is responsible forcommunicating the positives to other counties.

The GLWACH Refill Pharmacy at the PX ended its curbside services June 29. However, to ensure continued safety and convenience, the PX Pharmacy will implement a streamlined pick-up process in the PX pharmacy lobby. Due to updated COVID-19 social distancing measures, patients will be permitted to enter pharmacy waiting area in limited numbers and all refills must be called in prior to arrival.

Customers arriving to pick up their prescriptions MUST wear a mask, observe physical distancing, and will be asked to approach the check in table one at a time. Contact the Exchange for more information 573.433.5545.

The Main Pharmacy in the hospital hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The PX Pharmacy hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Both pharmacies are closed on federal holidays and Sundays.

Written prescriptions should be dropped off at the Main Pharmacy for processing and you will get a text when they are ready for pick up.

GLWACH lab will be returning to normal operating hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday effective July 1.

GLWACH releases updates to hours of operation


GLWACH opens new urgent care clinic

The General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital opened a new urgent care clinic to reduce wait times for non-emergency patients. The new clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and is located across the hall from the emergency room entrance.  Read the full story here.



Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services has established a statewide COVID-19 public hotline at 877.435.8411. The hotline is operated by medical professionals 24/7.

HPCON Level

What does Fort Leonard Wood’s elevation to Health Protection Condition Bravo + (HPCON-B+) mean to me?

Under HPCON-B+, we will continue to take additional precautions and preventive measures to counter risks associated with COVID-19.

This change to the HPCON means that the post has formal screening and testing capabilities to support the number of people accessing the installation and proper response protocols and trace teams to handle those who test positive for COVID-19.

The change also allows for the consideration of additional Garrison activities to open or to increase occupancy, such as MWR services. More details will be released over the next few weeks as officials continue to assess and evaluate services.

Please visit the Fort Leonard Wood COVID-19 Impacted Services page here, for the most up-to-date changes.

Under HPCON B (+), only DoD ID card holders may access the installation. All others require an exception to policy, see FRAGO 10 for more information.

Those who access Fort Leonard Wood are still expected to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which are:

  • Face coverings are required in all facilities on Fort Leonard Wood.
  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain at least six-feet of social distancing.
  • Anyone not feeling well should stay home and call for advice from a medical professional.


Family days are still cancelled and graduations remain virtual.

According to officials, MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood senior leaders will continue to assess the situation and make adjustments if needed.

These actions are intended to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, while maintaining mission readiness. We are charged to support national defense by building our Army. We must continue to prepare the Soldiers who are the nation’s first line of defense. Commanders and supervisors at every level will take prudent measures to limit the risk of exposure within their formations and their sections.

Holiday Safety

CDC guidance for celebrating Thanksgiving safely

COVID-19 Info

Coronavirus Facts

The 2019 coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The 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
•  No vaccine or treatment but current mortality rate is low
•  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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet

Video: Top 5 Things to Know about COVID-19

Army COVID-19 Info

U.S. Army Guidance on COVID-19

Army Medical and Support Guidance can be found online at https://www.army.mil/covid-19/#resources

U.S. Army Medical Command COVID-19 Hotline provides trusted information and resources, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

COVID-19 hotline: 1-800-984-8523

The COVID-19 hotline can also be reached by calling:

  • Overseas: DSN (312) 421-3700
  • Stateside: DSN 421-3700
  • Stateside Commercial: 210-295-3700

TRICARE:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

Army Emergency Relief (AER):

Military Health System:

Army Public Health Center:

Telework

MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood COVID-19 Workforce Management MOI
* This MOI does not apply to General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital employees. It only applies to MSCoE and Garrison employees. *

 

Fort Leonard Wood implementing civilian telework procedures

The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood started implementing civilian telework procedures as they continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended social distancing guidelines needed to mitigate and prevent the virus spreading. Read the full story here.
 

CID Cautions Teleworkers to Adhere to IT Best Practices

As the Army community continues to encourage teleworking, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command reminds users about cyber adversaries and the importance of keeping all information on the network safe.  Read the release here.

Basic Training Information

Starting the week of March 16, 2020, family day activities are cancelled and graduations will no longer be open to families or the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 risk to our Soldiers. 

We understand these changes disrupt the plans many people have made and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please know, we did not make this decision lightly. We are being proactive and vigilant by adjusting our procedures to protect our Soldiers and their loved ones.

We are working with the units to provide the opportunity for family members and loved ones to view graduations virtually. Please continue to monitor social media for any updates as more information becomes available. 

The command’s primary focus is on the health, welfare and safety of our service members, civilians and families. We will continue to follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect our community.

 

Travel Restrictions

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Information page.

Impacted Services

Impacted Services Page

For updates of impacted services, you can also follow the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook page

CYS hour-by-hour daycare program set to reopen Dec. 1 with limited schedule, roster

This week, the Child and Youth Services’ Hourly Care program announced its intention to reopen Dec. 1, resuming a limited schedule for Fort Leonard Wood children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. Hourly Care’s adjusted reopening schedule is from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Child Development Center, Bldg. 614. Parents must make reservations with CYS as walk-ins are not accepted.

Helpful Links

Quick Links

- World Health Organization

- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus FAQs (CDC FAQs)

Government COVID-19 Information page 

- Government Response to COVID-19

- Department of Defense Coronavirus information

- DoD Coronavirus Resources Site

- U.S. Army Coronavirus information

- Army Emergency Relief

- Missouri Department of Health
Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services has established a statewide COVID-19 public hotline at 877.435.8411. The hotline is operated by medical professionals 24/7.

Assistance

Employee Assistance Program Newsletter

April 2020: Frontline Employee

FAQs

Army Reserve Coronavirus FAQ

Army Human Resources Command FAQ (PCS travel guidance)

Department of Defense Travel Restrictions FAQ

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FAQ

 Answers to top questions about PCS moves during COVID-19

 

Our Efforts

Town Halls and Articles

CYS hour-by-hour daycare program set to reopen Dec. 1 with limited schedule, roster

Leaders respond to employee queries at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood town hall

CG Issues General Order Number 4

Housing update: move-in can now be ‘contactless’

Fort Leonard Wood changes local travel restrictions, health protection condition

Important new changes come with General Order Number 2

First of the Army’s newest Soldiers trained under controlled monitoring model to graduate basic training

Video message from the commanding general - June 19

Urban Search and Rescue conducts training course at Fort Leonard Wood

Video message from the commanding general - June 1

Moving out: Fort Leonard Wood shipping trained Soldiers while mitigating health risks

Fort Leonard Wood COVID-19 update

Select in-person religious services to resume on Fort Leonard Wood with precautions

Fort Leonard Wood community amenities reopening with precautions in place

Fort Leonard Wood leadership holds virtual COVID-19 town hall
Video of COVID-19 Town Hall - May 20

Fort Leonard Wood holds virtual COVID-19 town hall
Video of May 13 town hall

Fort Leonard Wood leadership holds virtual COVID-19 town hall
Video of May 6 town hall

Fort Leonard Wood implementing adjusted BCT model with controlled monitoring

Fort Leonard Wood holds virtual COVID-19 town hall
Video of April 29 town hall

Forney Airfield a vital resource in safely conducting Fort Leonard Wood’s training mission

Fort Leonard Wood holds virtual COVID-19 town hall
Video of April 22 Town Hall

USAES assists Corps of Engineers with nationwide COVID-19 response

Fort Leonard Wood holds virtual COVID-19 town hall

Video of April 15 Town Hall

‘I’ve Got Your Six:’ 169th Engineers volunteer to drop off supplies for Soldiers in quarantine

Installation stands up specialized cleaning teams

Fort Leonard Wood attorney shares her story of COVID-19 recovery

Fort Leonard Wood holds virtual COVID-19 town hall

Video of April 8 Town Hall

FLW adapting PME into virtual world

FLW PX pharmacy begins curbside, drive-up services

FLW holds virtual COVID-19 town hall to discuss public health emergency
Video of April 1 town hall

GLWACH opens new urgent care clinic

FLW stands up courtesy patrols to help with COVID-19 mitigation efforts

Fort Leonard Wood units implement precautionary measure, mitigation protocols

FLW holds virtual COVID-19 town hall following HPCON change
Video of March 27 town hall

FLW holds virtual COVID-19 town hall
Video of March 25 town hall

Good teleworking practices are important

Federal income tax deadline day extended

COVID-19 assistance available to Soldiers through AER

GLWACH changes begin March 23

Fort Leonard Wood raises to HPCON Bravo

GLWACH implements visitor restrictions

FLW Homes suspends non-emergency work orders

Fort Leonard Wood implementing civilian telework procedures

FLW holds live-streamed COVID-19 town hall
Video of March 18 Town Hall

Fort Leonard Wood holds COVID-19 town hall
Video of March 10 Town Hall

Screening procedures at Fort Leonard Wood: What to expect

Archives

August 11, 2020

 Effective immediately, General Order #1 dated July 8, 2020 signed by Brig. Gen. James Bonner, MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, is rescinded and replaced with General Order #2, dated Aug. 11, 2020.

The new general order includes changes that apply to both service members and DoD civilians, such as the wearing of face coverings while on the installation. According to General Order #2, masks or face coverings are now required at all times on the installation and when interacting with Gate Guards at installation access control points, except under  certain conditions. For more information, read the full release here.

April 20, 2020

Effective today, Secretary Esper approved an extension to the stop move order through June 30 to aid in the further prevention of the spread of COVID-19. While the Department acknowledges that this order will have great impact on our service members and their families who are looking to proceed with their lives, the rapidly changing environment has created significant risks to service members, as the DOD continues personnel movements and travel. The decision was made in order to protect U.S. personnel and preserve the operational readiness of our global force. The Department now has procedures in place to allow for additional waivers and the resumption of travel for several categories of travelers that were previously suspended, including deployments. Read the full update and find more information here.

March 28, 2020

The General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital at Fort Leonard Wood reported March 27, 2020 that an Army Reservist and a military spouse have tested positive for COVID-19. Both are in isolation in their off-post residences under medical care in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

The Reservist had recently returned from Kansas for annual training, and upon returning to Fort Leonard Wood was immediately screened at Harper In-Processing Health Screening and placed in home-isolation.

The military spouse had contact with someone who had recently traveled. The spouse was screened at Harper In-Processing Health Screening when symptoms worsened and was immediately placed in home-isolation.
Military and local health professionals are in the process of tracing and contacting people with whom the Reservist and spouse might have had contact with over the past two weeks.

Military health professionals on Fort Leonard Wood continue to screen service members, Department of Defense civilians and family members. Per CDC guidance and Defense Health Agency protocols, individuals known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately quarantined or isolated to prevent potential spread to others.

Our people - military, civilians and families - and their health, welfare and safety are our highest priority. Fort Leonard Wood leadership remain in close coordination with state and federal authorities, and local public health authorities to coordinate prevention and response efforts in the local area and to ensure the well-being of our personnel and local population.

March 25, 2020

All Army installations directed to be at Health Protection Condition level CHARLIE

The Army announced yesterday evening that the Health Protection Condition level for its installations, including Fort Leonard Wood, is being raised to CHARLIE as part of maintaining operational readiness around the world and to protect the force. You can read the announcement here.

Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood leaders are currently working through specific decisions and impacts.  We acknowledge there are questions regarding who will be authorized installation access and which additional services stand to be impacted. At this time, the post’s access control points remain open with normal hours, and all who are normally authorized installation access can continue to enter Fort Leonard Wood with the established protocols.

Over the next couple of days, additional measures will be implemented; additional details will be published as soon as they available.  Everyone’s patience is appreciated.  In the meantime, members of the workforce with questions should continue to contact their chain of command or supervisor. 

Maj. Gen. Donna Martin, MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, will provide an update at 9 a.m., Friday, March 27, on the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/fortleonardwoodmissouri/.

March 22, 2020

For about the last month we have been living through a situation that is unprecedented for many of us in our lifetime. Our daily lives have been challenged as never before, as we adjust to a new condition where our habits and our way of life will be forever altered. We remain lockstep with our community and state partners in our valiant efforts to counter and contain this foreign enemy.  We have proactively created a plan of action to prevent, protect and treat our community and we are implementing it with thought and purpose operating within guidance and intent. 

By now, you will have heard that we have one positive case of the COVID-19 virus.  Our proactive systems of screening have proven effective and we will remain vigilant.  Our patient is doing well under the supervision of our great medical professionals.  The individual returned from travel to New York and Florida and self-identified as having symptoms during screening operations.  The individual was immediately taken to Harper In processing Screening Center and put into isolation. Our trace team is working to identify and notify all who may have been in contact with this individual. 

Together, Fort Leonard Wood's priority is to protect the health and safety of the force which encompasses all of our military personnel, civilian employees, and the families who live and work within this amazing Team of Teams framework.  Fort Leonard Wood is implementing all necessary measures and precautions to uphold our duty of maintaining operational readiness.  A healthy force is a ready force. Extreme situations call for extreme measures.   In the case of COVID-19 this statement could not be more accurate. 

If you do nothing else heed this advice:

  • A slow and steady approach will not contain this enemy. 
  • We must continue to take swift and drastic actions early.   
  • We will not waiver in this effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • We will be decisive and stand behind our decisions. The unpopular decisions will save lives.
  • Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. You can never communicate enough.
  • Don't give in; Don't give up!  Failure is not an option.  We CAN AND WILL do this together!  I've got your back and I know you have mine!

I've said this many times - This is not a sprint. This is a marathon.  Make a plan, but be flexible.  Remember, we've never done this before.  We MUST come together as a community.  The actions of every individual have consequences on everyone.  The ability to weaken this enemy is dependent upon the strength of the community. 

Shop at the commissary, but please only buy what your Family needs.  Our entire commissary team is working hard to keep the shelves stocked, but we need you to do your part.  I don't even get the toilet paper phenomena, but that's me.  The trucks will come next week and re-stock the shelves. 

COMMISSARY CHANGES:  Beginning on Monday, March 23, we will begin special commissary hours in support of our most at risk population.

Monday through Friday from 9 to 10 a.m., ONLY Tier I telework employees and DoD ID Card holders who are 65 years of age or older will be allowed entry into the commissary.  I ask that you communicate this to your Families. ID Cards will be checked along with a listing of those on Tier 1 telework agreements.  Remember when I said that extreme situations call for extreme measures...this isn't really one of them.  This is simply taking care of people. 

HOSPITAL CHANGES: Also beginning Monday, March 23 from 7:30 to 10 a.m., appointments will be for our high risk population ONLY through the primary care entrance.  This population will receive all care in this area.  Runners will pick up prescriptions to further minimize travel throughout the hospital.  We will continue to advertise this using social media and other means.

If you are not feeling well, STAY AT HOME.  I call on every leader to trust your people during this time.  However, I would be remiss if I did not use this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all those valuable employees whose daily mission will not allow them to telework.  Our incredible hospital employees go to work every single day to ensure they have the right accreditations, TTPs and equipment ready.  They will be called upon time and time again to get this response correct.  And they will be judged (unfairly) by those who are less concerned with the greater good and more concerned about themselves.  Our hospital is the CENTER OF GRAVITY in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.  No one else on this installation is better trained, better skilled, and ready to lead us in this battle. 

So, if you are a health care employee or work in the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, THANK YOU and God Bless you for everything you do.

Everyone reading this should make an effort to show some act of kindness to our healthcare professionals.  I don't mean monetary gestures; but simple gestures of kindness.  Say thank you; ask them how they are doing; or simply smile when an encounter in the hospital might not go the way you think it should.  You and I are not in the midst of this storm every single day; they are.

Fort Leonard Wood and all of our community partners will continue to successfully synchronize our efforts towards the same goal, and we will succeed.  If each one of us continues to assume responsibility for our actions, feels a sense of duty and sacrifice, and makes every effort, we will overcome this enemy.  We require 100 percent responsibility; military and civilians.

I commend everyone for joining together and embracing our ongoing mission to protect, prevent and treat against COVID-19.  Everyone in this community has been unwavering in their dedication and commitment to remaining flexible in the ever-changing environment created by these challenging times. The nature by which we have come together in a truly difficult and dynamic situation is a true testament to the fortitude of this community. 

March 21, 2020

The General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital reported March 21, 2020, that a Soldier at Fort Leonard Wood tested positive for COVID-19.

This is the first positive case of U.S. Army personnel at the installation. The Soldier had recently traveled to New York and Florida and upon returning to Fort Leonard Wood was immediately screened at Harper In-Processing and placed in isolation. The Soldier remains in isolation on the installation under medical care in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines.

Military and local health professionals are in the process of tracing and contacting people with whom the Soldier might have had contact with over the past two weeks.

Military health professionals on Fort Leonard Wood continue to screen service members, Department of Defense civilians and family members who have traveled outside of the state of Missouri during the past two weeks. Per CDC guidance and Defense Health Agency protocols, individuals known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately quarantined or isolated to prevent potential spread to others.

Our people - military, civilians and families - and their health, welfare and safety are our highest priority.  Fort Leonard Wood leadership remain in close coordination with state and federal authorities, and local public health authorities to coordinate prevention and response efforts in the local area and to ensure the well-being of our personnel and local population.

March 15, 2020

FLW remains well-postured to deal with the COVID-19 threat. Please do your part to keep our workforce healthy and services working--wash your hands often; do NOT act "TOUGH" and power through any illness you may be experiencing; stay at home;  shop with your eyes, not with your hands; be purposeful in limiting exposure through social distancing.  This is not your average flu and requires more effort to combat its spread and  protect you, your co-workers and Family Members.  And most importantly, let's continue to check on each other.  As we transition to telework for some of our employees, phone calls and emails mean a lot to those who are used to direct contact every day.

As all of you are aware by now, DoD placed significant travel restrictions both official and personal travel in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to our families and national security forces and installations. To clarify the restrictions for everyone:

•  Military members are restricted to the local area.  This is defined as 120 miles from FLW.  Personnel are allowed to travel this distance for supplies and necessary shopping for items that might not be available in the St Robert, Waynesville, or Rolla area.  Indoor malls are off limits.  It is my expectation that all military personnel will avoid large gatherings.  Personnel are authorized to go to medical appointments in Springfield, Columbia or St. Louis.  Any personal or official travel outside this distance must be approved by me. 
•  DoD/DA Civilians and family members are not restricted to the local area, but highly recommended to restrict travel to preserve force readiness, limit the continuing spread of the virus, and preserve the health and welfare of Service members,  fellow DoD civilian employees, their families, and the local communities in which we live.  Prior to departing on leave, I am requiring any DoD Civilian that is planning to travel outside the local area to be counseled by their supervisor about the risks and high chance of quarantine.
•  Anyone traveling outside the local area will be physically screened by our medical team at Harper Inprocessing Health Screening Clinic (Bldg. 500) prior to resuming ANY on-post activities (i.e., this is your first stop when coming back on post).  If family members have traveled outside the local area their Service Member/Soldier must also be screened prior to returning to work.

Based on the current spread of the virus I HIGHLY recommend you change travel plans to restrict your movement, regardless of your status and situation.  This information can and will change as areas in Missouri become more contaminated by the COVID-19 virus.  This is not business as normal.  We can prevent the spread of this terrible virus if we continue to follow the preventive measures as prescribed above. 

March 5, 2020:
The health, welfare and safety of our service members, civilians and families is our highest priority. Fort Leonard Wood 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. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command leadership implemented additional screening procedures across basic combat training, including the 43rd Adjutant General Battalion, to identify trainees who are at risk for COVID-19 exposure prior to sending them to their basic combat training units. This additional screening assesses a trainee’s exposure to COVID-19, international travel, and a medical screening for COVID-19 like symptoms within CDC guidelines. We are following all proper protocols and are working closely with federal, state, and local public health personnel to protect the health of our community and maintain operational readiness.

March 3, 2020:
We're learning more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, each day.  On behalf of MG Martin, who is currently on leave, I wanted to take this opportunity to assure you that we have a comprehensive team across MSCoE & FLW monitoring developments, planning for and putting in place the appropriate prevention and reaction protocols.  Our team is working closely with federal, state and local public health personnel to stay updated on the current situation, and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available and we will adapt our plans and actions as appropriate.  You will see a variety of precautionary or preventative activities occurring in the days to come

We have a well-trained team of experts at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital who are helping guide this process.  We will be leveraging them to help inform you of personal actions you can take in the days to come.  Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri at this time, I want to encourage all of you to continue to practice proper preventative actions.  In addition to getting the flu vaccine, everyday measures that will help prevent spread of sickness include: frequent hand washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding close contact with others when you are sick or when they are; covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces; and, avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth. 

Please help us manage rumors and stick to the facts.  If you aren't sure about something, ask.  If you have any questions or would like additional information about COVID-19, please contact GLWACH Preventive Medicine at 596-4913 or visit the CDC's website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

The health and safety of YOU, our service members, civilians and families is our highest priority.  Our team is taking proactive steps to adhere to the guidance outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and the Defense Health Agency to help mitigate the spreading of illnesses like COVID-19.