The health and well-being of our personnel and their families remains our top priority. Many commands continue to make adjustments in day-to-day operations to help protect the Fleet, our Sailors, civilians and contractors and their families, as well as prevent the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These adjustments were made in alignment with Dept. of Defense guidance, and include the following, which are in effect until further notice:
- In alignment with Dept. of Defense guidance, the Navy is in a 60-day hold pattern for non-mission essential travel, which includes permanent change of station orders, temporary and training duty as well as personal leave and liberty within the continental United States and select areas overseas. Exceptions can be made and those with questions should discuss with their chain of command or their detailer. NAVADMIN 064/20 and NAVADMIN 065/20 can be found online (NAVADMIN 064/20: https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/NAVADMINS/NAV2020/NAV20064.txt) (NAVADMIN 065/20: https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/NAVADMINS/NAV2020/NAV20065.txt)
- Commands have initiated contingency procedures and alternative work schedules to maintain operational readiness but slow the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the number of potential cases that would need immediate medical treatment. These plans include options such as telework or limiting the number of personnel physically present at work. Servicemembers, civilians and contractors should follow the directions given by their supervisors for their respective commands/organizations.
- Personnel physically present for work should actively participate in
social distancing and regular cleaning of spaces and following CDC’s
recommended actions to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Personnel should always make sure their information is accurate in the
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS).
Accurate contact information is required to facilitate a quick and
accurate muster of personnel in affected areas in disaster/emergency
situations if one is needed. Visit the NFAAS site to review and update
or validate information: https://navyfamily.navy.mil.
- For servicemembers in need of resources during a trying time like this, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is standing by to support. Visit NMCRS online at https://www.nmcrs.org/ for information.
Every member of our Navy Family is asked to continue following CDC guidance and do their part as best they can to help slow the spread of the virus. Navy leadership and our Navy medical professionals will continue to monitor the situation.
To reduce risk of infection and prevent the spread of COVID-19, assess and adjust your hygiene etiquette:
- Clean your hands – Use soap and water for 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer with minimum 60 percent alcohol.
- Cover your cough – Use your arm or tissue. If you use a tissue, immediately throw it in the trash.
- Confine yourself at home when sick
- Crowd avoidance – Use discretion when travelling to impacted areas, urban areas, or large gatherings.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with people who are sick; and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, CDC recommends the following to prevent spreading the disease to others:
- Stay home except to get medical care, in which case call ahead to your medical provider before visiting
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- Call ahead before visiting a doctor
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid sharing items with others
- Clean your hands often
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces daily
- Monitor your symptoms
For symptoms such as moderate-to-severe difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, high fever or inability to hold down fluids, again, personnel should call (before visiting) their primary care manager immediately.
- U.S. Government Response to COVID-19: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus and https://www.coronavirus.gov
- CDC COVID-19 information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Dept. of Defense COVID-19 page: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/
- Military Health System: https://health.mil/News/In-the-Spotlight/Coronavirus
- Tricare Nurse Advice Line: 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273) or www.mhsnurseadviceline.com
- CDC Tips and Resources:
- More practical CDC tips for work and home: https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions
- CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html
- CDC Guidance for Travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-cov/travelers/index.htm
NAVY REGION MID-ATLANTIC EMPLOYEES:
Along with following the practical tips above, supervisors and employees should be prepared to deal with this matter as they would when regular seasonal flu risks hit the workplace. Follow your command’s sick call guidance and procedures. Those who are sick should stay home and see their health care provider as needed. To take care of yourself or a family member, leave authorization should follow timekeeping policy and processes. Where applicable and eligible, Telework agreements should be reviewed and considered for mission continuity when and where necessary.
INSTALLATIONS AND COMMANDS:
Our installations and commands will continue to communicate additional, specific guidance and efforts with their people through their respective communication channels.
FACT SHEETS AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
*The following are being provided for convenience. For the most up-to-date factsheets and other communication resources, please visit CDC's website.