COVID-19 Updates

U.S. Africa Command is committed to ensuring personnel and families are aware of the latest news and guidance concerning the COVID-19 outbreak.

What to do if you feel ill

If you or a family member is experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath (all three) and think you may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, please STAY HOME and call the TriCare Nurse Advice Line or your primary healthcare provider. 

TriCare Nurse Advice Line: (Germany) 0800-071-3516 | (UK) 0800-028-3263

RAF Alconbury 423rd Medical Clinic: 01480-842273

If stationed in the United Kingdom - NHS: 111

Operation Stolen Promise: Report COVID-related fraud


Stuttgart Updates

The state of Baden-Württemberg is continually publishing updated guidance as it relates to ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 (best used in Chrome to activate Google's translation feature).

The Stuttgart Garrison website and Facebook page will publish additional command guidance as necessary, or reach out via the contact information below: 

For U.S. Africa Command personnel stationed in the United Kingdom, visit the 501st CSW COVID-19 website and Facebook page.


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The Secretary of Defense released a memo for the transition to conditions-based phased approach to Coronavirus disease 2019 personnel movement and travel restrictions dated May 22, 2020. If either installation does not meet the criteria, an exemption or waiver would be required. For more information, reference the latest DoD "COVID-19 travel restrictions installation status update."

Find unit-specific guidance for incoming or returning personnel to test and quarantine here: USAG Stuttgart Quarantine and Testing Guidance.

All members of the Stuttgart Military Community are subject to General Order 1C, which outlines guidance for unofficial travel.

Personnel can preview the following list of current high risk countries and U.S. states - and the latest relaxations - travelers living in Baden-Wurttemberg should know.


U.S. Africa Command Administrative Guidance

As U.S. Africa Command continues to evaluate the situation, personnel may find the most up-to-date, U.S. Africa Command-specific information at AFRICOM Portal COVID-19 page - CAC-enabled for internal AFRICOM personnel only. Personnel should contact their supervisor for questions. Family members should visit the below links for the latest impacts to the military community.

Health Protection Condition is Bravo.

Coronavirus: DoD Response: Find Information and resources on coronavirus-related subjects for members of the Department of Defense community and the general public, including latest policy guidance and resources. 


Latest United Kingdom Update (as of March 4, 2021)

Health Protection Condition at RAF Molesworth remains Bravo (+)

The United Kingdom has 4,345,788 total confirmed cases, with 4,052 new daily positive cases reported on 3/3/21 (Source: coronavirus.data.gov.uk). The tri-county area around RAF Molesworth has 1,168 confirmed cases in the last 7 days: Cambridgeshire is reporting 324 cases, Northamptonshire is reporting 602 cases, and Bedfordshire is reporting 242 cases (Source: coronavirus.data.gov.uk).

501st CSW HPCON remains BRAVO (+). With restrictions in the UK changing frequently, see the 423rd Force Support Squadron Facebook page and 501st CSW website for the most current facility opening times and base information. The 501st will continue to follow Host Nation guidance.

DoD COVID Screening Tool

The DoD had introduced a COVID Screening Tool to help people understand their risk of having COVID. https://mysymptoms.mil/. If you are feeling ill, you should complete the DoD COVID screener before making further decisions.  There is no login, no information is retained, and it is to help inform you.  The output is an assessment on your risk of COVID, not a risk assessment of other illnesses or pre-existing conditions. If you are sick, STAY HOME.  This screening website only screens for risk of COVID, and should not be considered authoritative medical advice.  If in doubt, follow published AFRICOM Force Health Protection guidance.

UK National Lockdown

The UK government has published a new roadmap for the reduction of COVID restrictions in the UK. There will be a considerable refinement of the published guidance as the implementation guidance is published.  There is a minimum of five weeks between each step - four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days' notice of the restrictions to be eased. The governments of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland may publish different guidance for their jurisdictions.

Current changes: You can now meet outdoors either in a group of 6 or 2 households. Organized outdoor sports have resumed. Childcare and supervised activities for children outdoors are able to resume. Restrictions to current international travel may change on 17 MAY 21. 

Travel to the US from the UK

The US CDC is requiring all travelers as of 0001 GMT 28 DEC 20 to get a negative COVID test prior to travel from the UK to the US. The airline must confirm your negative test before boarding the plane.

Proclamation: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s1224-CDC-to-require-negative-test.html

Order: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-UK-air-travelers.html 

Until further notice, presume this applies to all members at RAF Molesworth. At this time, Alconbury does not have the ability to test for travel, and are referring people to the economy. Testing costs for official travel are reimbursable.

International Travel from the UK

International travel is currently banned unless you have a legally permitted reason to leave home, and you will have to declare a reason for travel https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tougher-border-controls-to-protect-public-health

Many countries are also now requiring UK travelers to produce a negative COVID test prior to being allowed into the country, including France and the US. Be sure to check https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae and destination websites for current travel restrictions.

Find a list of private providers for COVID-19 testing here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing

Returning to the UK from Abroad

If you arrive in England from a country on the travel ban list (sometimes called the ‘red list’) you’ll need to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days. Before you travel, you’ll need to book and pay for your hotel room and 2 COVID-19 tests to take during your stay.

If you’re coming from a country not on the banned travel list, you’ll need to self-isolate at home for 10 days and book 2 COVID-19 tests.

Travel to Germany from the UK

The German government has restricted air and sea travel to Germany at its external Schengen borders. Travelers from the UK are currently only permitted to enter Germany if they are returning to their place of residence, if they serve in an important role or if they have an urgent need, such as urgent medical treatment. Travelers must submit a negative COVID test when entering Germany. 

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany. 

Fines

The fines for violating COVID-19 rules and restrictions has increased to £200 for a first offence, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £6,400 (£10,000 for groups of more than 30). The UK Government can and will fine you for breaking COVID-related laws, so please use caution and common sense in public.


Resources

DOD Coronavirus Response

DOD Coronavirus Rumor Control

U.S. Army Europe: Coronavirus

Health.mil: Coronavirus

CDC: Coronavirus

Coronavirus.gov 

U.S. Goverment Response to COVID-19

IMCOM COVID-19 Placemat (CAC-Enabled) | Instructions to access IMCOM COVID-19 Placemat