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In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Medical Group will follow the Department of Defense interim guidance on the use of face coverings for all persons entering DoD facilities. Effective immediately, ALL patients and visitors entering the medical facility will be expected to wear a face mask or covering at all times. Patients who believe they have been exposed or are feeling sick with a fever, cough,  shortness of breath, sore throat, or body aches should speak with an appointment line operator before travelling to the clinic so that we can manage your care appropriately.

*COVID-19 testing is NOT available on base

COVID-19 Return to Duty Criteria (Symptomatic). *Update 23 July 2020.
Offered by Brad Meyers, Col, MC, SFS, MDG/CC, 115th FW

How do we advise members recovering from COVID-19 infection (or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection) regards return to work?

Non-Test-based criteria:  No testing utilized to document clearing of infection.
This is the most common scenario we will use.
Return to work after the following three conditions are met:

  • No fever (temperature <100.4) for past 24 hours, without use of fever reducing medicines,
  • AND-- Improvement of respiratory symptoms (e.g., improved cough, shortness of breath),
  • AND-- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Test based criteria: Test based no longer recommended by CDC.  This simplifies things a bit.

Return to work guidance for those exposed to a person with confirmed positive COVID-19 Test. *Update 23 July 2020.
Offered by Brad Meyers, Col, MC, SFS, MDG/CC, 115th FW

One of our members has received notification (usually through contact tracing) that they have been in contact with a person (symptomatic or not) who has tested positive for COVID-19. What advice do we offer that member about returning to work? How to we ensure the safety of those in the shop where they work?  When and under what circumstances can the asymptomatic member with exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 return to work? This is (unfortunately) an increasingly frequent scenario. This is the “latest” from CDC.

The member exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 remains at home on self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to work.  The count starts with the last day of exposure to the person who tested positive. The member self-monitors for fever and for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste and smell, muscle aches, GI upset, sore throat, muscle aches, etc.) Rationale: This is the standard quarantine protocol for COVID-19 exposure. Of course, the member must remain symptom-free during the self-quarantine.

Testing does not change the approach above. This is the change.  A negative result does not allow a return to work sooner than the 14 days after exposure as described above.

You may complete the online Coronavirus Self-Checker to help you make decisions about returning to base via https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.