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Joint Base Langley-Eustis COVID-19 UPDATES

A message from the installation commander

JBLE Teammates,
 
Attached is updated guidance JBLE to Restriction of Movement, Social Distancing, and Face Covering Orders, effective Feb 18, 2021. The key provisions are:
 
Adjustments to workforce: In order to provide space to meet social distancing requirements in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Commanders should maximize the use of rotating shifts and telework.
 
Gatherings: Service members must limit their unofficial gatherings (holiday parties, restaurant outings, at-home events) to no more than 10 people and should limit the number of households they gather with. Gatherings must end before the 2400 state curfew. Official gatherings will not exceed 50 people.
 
Mask wear: All individuals must wear masks continuously upon entry to the installation. All children aged five and older are required to wear masks as described above. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 should be encouraged to wear masks when possible.
 
Exceptions to mask wear include:
 
(1) When an individual is alone in an office with floor-to-ceiling walls with a closed door.
(2) For brief periods of time when eating and drinking while maintaining distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines and instructions from commanders and supervisors.
(3) When the mask is required to be lowered briefly for identification or security purposes.
(4) When underlying health conditions that prohibit the wear of a face covering exist and the individual is in possession of medical documentation from a health care provider outlining such a condition and the restrictions the condition places on wear of a face covering.
(5) When necessary to reasonably accommodate a religious belief.  Requests for accommodation will be submitted to the Installation Commander via the requestor’s chain of command.  This process is under further review.
(6) When outdoors and proper physical distancing can be maintained.
(7) When actively participating in physical fitness activities either indoors or outdoors and either proper physical distancing is maintained or additional measures are implemented to mitigate the threat of transmission.
(8) When an individual is alone in a vehicle or is sharing the vehicle only with members of their household.
(9) When use substantively interferes with the proper wear and use of personal protective equipment necessary for accomplishment of one’s military duties.
(10) When personnel are in primary aircrew positions during critical phases of flight or emergencies; or when using flight crew oxygen equipment.
(11) When clear or unrestricted visualization of verbal communication are essential to safe and effective operation.
 
When in doubt, individuals on installation property or performing Department of Defense activities should wear a mask.
 
Masks recommended by the CDC include non-medical disposable masks, masks made with breathable fabric (such as cotton), masks made with tightly woven fabric (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source), masks with two or three layers, and masks with inner filter pockets. Not authorized as a substitute for masks are novelty or non-protective masks, masks with ventilation valves, or face shields.
 
Please reference the attached order for the full guidance.
 

Respectfully,

//SIGNED//

Col Ross, JBLE Commander

JBLE Facilities Status

 

     

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COVID-19 Hotlines

Langley Hospital and McDonald Army Health Center medical professionals are standing by to answer your COVID-19 questions and concerns. Please call the 633 MDG COVID-19 Information Line at (757) 764-0018 seven days a week, 0730-1630, or the Military Health System Nurse Line at 1-800-TRICARE.

Please be aware that due to unforeseen circumstances the Hampton Roads Appointment Center at 1-866-645-4584 is experiencing unexpected delays and increased hold times. We care about your care and apologize for the inconvenience. As an option, we encourage you to use the Primary Care Appointment on Tricare’s online service at https://www.tricare.mil/FindDoctor/Appointments or log into tricareonline.com.

 

About COVID-19

On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. On Jan. 31, 2020, the secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in the United States and announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID- 19. The current epidemic, which originated in mainland China, has demonstrated the capacity of COVID-19 to spread globally. While supporting other government agencies’ response to the COVID-19 threat, the Department of the Air Force is responding appropriately to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness.