UPDATE, October 8 - Optical shop update; next commanders’ townhall set for Thursday Nov. 5.

By Public Affairs Office    11 October 2020

Call ahead before arriving at Dunham Army Health Clinic or the Carlisle Barracks Dental Clinic, or any heatlh care provider. Find practical, valuable guidance at the CDC and Pa. Health Department links on this page.

Oct. 8 UPDATE - New information in BOLD. Carlisle Barracks is at Health Protection Condition CHARLIE [see chart on this page]. Cumberland County and all of Pennsylvania are coded GREEN (based on health stats/healthcare readiness). Pennsylvania wide COVID cases are rising, Cumberland is relatively steady, but neighboring counties fare more poorly.

Key policies:

* Carlisle Barracks military personnel will file an Exception to Policy with a leave request beyond 150-mi radius.

* Masks will be worn on Carlisle Barracks installation when -- within 6 feet *** in hallways, entryways, elevators, stairways *** entering and departing buildings *** in class/seminar *** in restrooms *** in retail spaces *** in food and beverage services. This applies to all employees, residents, visitors.

SEASONAL FLU SHOTS: Beneficiaries of any TRICARE program may visit any TRICARE network participating pharmacy location and receive a flu shot at no cost. Presenting a DOD ID Card is necessary to prove coverage.

-- If a TRICARE beneficiary wishes to visit a TRICARE authorized Provider for the flu shot, an office visit co-pay may be charged. Beneficiaries should inquire with the Provider's office before choosing this option if they wish to avoid a co-pay.

-- The most common TRICARE network pharmacy locations in South Central Pennsylvania are Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart.

-- Beneficiaries can go to the TRICARE site (search: Flu vaccine) ... Or, contact the TRICARE East Contractor, Humana Military, at 800.444.5444 ... the Dunham US Army Health Benefits Office at 717.245.4112 ... or the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line at 800.874.2273 (OPTION 1).

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Unrelated to COVID: the optical shop closes Oct 14 and reopens next to the Commissary Oct. 15. The Barber Shop will be close, Oct. 15, to move to its temporary location inside the Carlisle Barracks Exchange. It will reopen on Friday, Oct. 17, at 9 a.m.

Next Commanders' Townhall Meeting is on Thursday 5 Nov. a facebook live session is planned for a date in later October, to be determined. Meanwhile, submit your question or concern with a post to www.facebook.com/usawc, or an email to the USAWC public email box: USArmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.atwc-cpa@mail.mil.

Trick or Treat is planned for on-base housing, Oct. 31, 5 - 8 pm. Plan for social distancing for your children and others'. Masks required. No grab-from-the-bowl treats. Check the MWR website to register for the famous Halloween Parade.

All new and refill prescriptions are picked up at the Dunham main clinic drive-up parking system. The clinic is adding a dedicated pharmacy pick-up phone line to minimize wait for attention.

If/when someone feels ill, call Dunham Clinic (717.245.3400) or your health care provider and receive advice, to include guidance if testing may be required.

If/when the public health team is notified of a positive or suspected positive case that impacts the installation, they call the affected individual to determine specifics of symptoms and timeline and any known close contacts during the pre-symptomatic and symptomatic period; works to reach each contact and assess exposure/symptoms and recommendation for quarantine or testing. Throughout the process, the public health team will protect the personal identifying information of the positive case individuals to the fullest extent possible. Those who are called as part of a contact tracing effort should support the privacy of the affected individual and not share information or speculate publicly.

IN PENNSYLVANIA -- In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. Masks are mandatory in all public spaces.

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in discrete parts of the country. How about Pennsylvania and Cumberland County?

On Oct. 7, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 1,309 new positive coronavirus. This marks one of the greatest increases the state has seen in months, although it is important to note that these numbers may reflect an increase in testing. For your own situational awareness, the rate of case growth can be more useful than total numbers since Spring. And the status of the local Cumberland County and surrounding counties can be more applicable to your situation than are state-wide numbers.

As of Oct 7 at noon – the Pennsylvania-wide cases - 160,772 with 1875 confirmed cases in Cumberland County, representing 797.1 per 100,000 residents. Neighboring York and Dauphin counties report a higher incidence rate (York = 1168 per 100K and Dauphin = 1448 per 100K). an incidence of 29 per 100,000 (up in 1 week from 27.4). NAs of Oct 7, the Department of Health reports that statewide COVID-related deaths rose from 7,297 to 8272 in the past month; Cumberland County deaths rose from 71 too 77 in the past month.

Mask tips -- A mask can protect others from your outgoing germs. As to protecting you -- A mask made with two layers of heavy Yro or flannel, worn properly, will increase your chances of avoiding the virus, according to published reports. If your glasses fog when wearing a mask, try these options to improve the seal of the mask around its top: mold the mask (if it didn't come with bendable metal strips to mold across your nose, use a pipe cleaner); seal the top with medical or athletic tape; tuck your mask under the glasses so the weight of glasses holds it in place; try anti-fog treatments for lenses; tighten it to fit more snuggly (your breath should be going thru the mask, not around it).

AT CARLISLE BARRACKS –

Army War College:

Resident Class of 2021 -- In-seminar learning is underway, with masks required, in classrooms throughout post that are large enough for six-feet distancing.

The Army Strategists' Congratulations to the 14 new graduates of the Army Strategists qualifying course, BSAP, as of August 21.

The Nominative Leader Course completed a two-week fully virtual executive leadership course in September for select command sergeants major/ sergeants major.

USAWC Library services fully available online; reduced Library manpower serving faculty and student needs.

The Army Heritage and Education Center research area is now open to the public -- in addition to the exhibits.

Security - The automated installation entry system requires that you - wear a face covering for the gate guard clearance; offer the back of your ID card to be scanned. Claremont Visitor Gate and Ashburn Gate on Route 11 are both open for ID card holders & registered pass holders only. Visitors can request a pass at the Visitor Center at Claremont Gate. Claremont: 24/7 -- Ashburn: weekdays 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except federal holidays. The Ashburn Pedestrian Walking Gate is operational when the vehicle gate is closed: requires registration at the Visitors Center.

Dunham Army Health Clinic -- phasing in face-to-face appointments: call 717.245.3400. Healthcare available: pharmacy, acute physical therapy requirements, readiness-related optometry, mammograms As of Mon, June 22: immunization appointments open.

NOTE: Dunham is authorized for COVID testing in cases of symptoms or exposure, with a health care professional recommendation. Dunham completed Surveillance Testing on all incoming international students and US students, following 14 days quarantine or restricted movement (depending on the origination).

Dunham Pharmacy – ALL prescriptions are picked up at the Dunham Clinic curbside service.

Carlisle Barracks Dental Clinic -- Fully operational: accepting appointments for annual exams/cleaning. COVID-related health precautions are resulting in longer appointments. Appointment basis only; call ahead to 717.245.4542.

Veterinary Clinic - Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. closed over lunch. Call 717.245.4168. All appointments will be curbside service due to COVID-19 precautions. Prescriptions require 24-48 hours processing, weekdays only.

Military Family Life Counselor - Call 717.448.4509 to make an appointment and see if this counselor can help.

MySymptoms.mil is an anonymous tool that does not diagnose disease but assesses the likelihood someone may have COVID-19 based on a series of simple health related questions and then provides information on how to seek further advice. Designed for DOD personnel, available for public use.

NOTE: there is no curfew in place at Carlisle Barracks.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Services

o Child Development Center and Youth Services Summer Camp are operating at restricted capacity. Prospective new patrons can register now in anticipation of a later, wider reopening: go to – www.militarychildcare.com

o Jim Thorpe Fitness Center is open to all eligible MWR patrons at Carlisle Barracks -- by appointment only, to 717.245.3418. Appointments open Thursdays for the following week: 3 per week for uniformed military, 2 per week for all other authorized patrons. And, patrons can call after 3pm for next-day openings. One-hour appointments for a single workout station: 45 min workout and 15 min for patron use of provided cleanser and cleanser setting. Patrons will wear masks when entering/departing and will remain in one of 11 workout stations. Bring a towel for personal use and one to wipe down cleanser upon arrival. Lockers and shower are off limits.

o There's no plan to open the Root Hall and Thorpe Field fitness centers in the near future.

o A pickle ball court is now readied on one of the tennis courts -- open-air exercise, no later than 9 pm daily.

o Golf Course – Appointment only for staggered tee times; call 717.243.3262. Open only to active-duty military personnel & family members, activated Reserve and National Guard members, retired military, and DOD civilian employees and DOD contractors working full time at Carlisle Barracks.

o Food service available at selected times from the new 1757 Bar & Grill, co-located in the new Carlisle Barracks Golf Club House.

o The Strike Zone Bowling Center Snack Bar is now open 9 am to 2 pm, weekdays -- no bowling, at this time.

o Frame shop at Barracks Crossing Arts & Crafts open Tuesdays thru Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

o Auto Shop is open by appointment, no Saturdays: 717.245.3156.

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Commissary – Closes daily for cleaning 1-2 pm. Open Tues – Sat: 9 am - 1 pm and 2 – 4 pm. Open Sunday 11 am – 1 pm and 2-4 pm. ID card holders only. Masks required at all times. Recommend use of credit, debit or gift cards instead of cash. Note: Defense Commissary Agency has instituted a nationwide policy against bringing in personal shopping bags. To serve customers safely, Commissary is cleaning throughout each day with disinfection twice daily (during the 1-2 pm closure and after hours). Additionally, the commissary is taking employee temperatures with health-screening questions daily.

Exchange: Open. Root Hall barber is open June 8-11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment only (sign-up on door). The Exchange Barber Shop is open for appointments (sign up at the shop) Monday - Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm. Both locations -- masks required; payment by credit or debit or gift card only. The Exchange Movie Theater is not currently showing movies.

Personal support services --

Chapel: Religious services enable a small number of in-chapel participants, while retaining the practice of streaming and recording online. Go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/USAWCMemorialChapel/vi... for Protestant Services, and https://www.facebook.com/pg/CarlisleBarracksCathol... for Catholic Services. FOR Chaplain counsel or assistance, call 717.245.3318.

ID Cards/ DEERS –Need an ID card or DEERS update? Call first: 717.245.3533 or -4321. Appointment basis only, Monday-Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Transition Assistance - Those planning release from active duty, separation, or retirement, call 717.245.3894

Retirement Services -- Appointments available to coordinate benefits and assistance with entitlements, casualty or survivor benefits, at 717.245.4501.

Passport and Visa – Appointment only: Call 717.245.4684 or email jeff.l.cleff.civ@mail.mil.

Legal Assistance/ Notary Service -- Call 717.245.3976 to schedule an appointment -- to include Notary service Wednesdays, by appointment only.

Army Community Services – call for appointment, 717.245.HELP.

Army Emergency Relief no-interest loans, grants and emergency food vouchers (when same-day food assistance is not available) -- for active duty and retired soldiers, their dependent family members, and widows/widowers. Contact AER partner American Red Cross, at 877.272.7337. 24/7. Inform them you are from Carlisle Barracks. Call with questions to Army Community Services, at 717.245.3868.

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Carlisle Barracks Isolation and Quarantine policy, effective April 3, 2020, for all Carlisle Barracks tenants, residents, employees, visitors, family members, contractors, and personnel located on the installation.

DEFINITIONS: Isolation: The separation of an individual or group infected or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Quarantine: The separation of an individual or group reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease, but is not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease. Social Distancing: Remaining out of congregate settings (crowded public spaces), avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.

IF SICK: Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are urged to contact a healthcare provider in accordance with the latest CDC guidance on COVID19. If a healthcare provider determines you have or are reasonably believed to have COVID-19 and you are able to recover without further medical care, the provider may direct you to isolate at home. You should abide by your healthcare provider’s instructions to isolate, which may also include specific instructions to avoid others who are not yet sick, monitor your symptoms, and report information to a public health authority. Your healthcare provider and/or the public health authority will follow appropriate guidelines to let you know when you are released from isolation.

IF EXPOSED: If someone with whom you have had close contact with becomes ill with COVID19 and you are asymptomatic, you should consult with a healthcare provider. You may be directed to quarantine to see if you develop any symptoms and to minimize the chance of further spread of the virus which causes COVID-19. You should expect your quarantine period to typically last 14 days from the last date of close contact with a known COVID-19 patient, but this may depend on the health status of others in your household. During quarantine, you will likely be instructed to not have contact with nonquarantined individuals, and you may be asked to monitor and report any symptoms to a public health authority. Your healthcare provider and/or the public health authority will follow appropriate guidelines to let you know when you are released from quarantine.

AS DIRECTED: There may be other circumstances under which you could be asked to quarantine, as the CDC’s guidance on mitigation activities evolves daily. Under current guidance, some of those circumstances include returning from certain cities/states outside the local area, travel to a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, or returning from a cruise. TELEWORK: might still be possible when isolated or in quarantine; contact and update your supervisor, who will offer further guidance.

MILITARY: Servicemembers assigned to an organization at the US Army War College or on Carlisle Barracks will: (1) obey any directives concerning their own isolation or quarantine, (2) self-report those directives concerning isolation, quarantine or release therefrom to their supervisor, and (3) report to their supervisor if anyone in the household has been directed to isolate or quarantine. For purposes of reporting this household status, it is not necessary to provide a specific name or reason for the quarantine. This information would be used to let first responders know to take proper precautions if responding to a call at your house. Servicemembers who live, but do not work, on Carlisle Barracks will (1) obey any directives concerning their own isolation or quarantine, (2) report those directives concerning isolation, quarantine, release therefrom to the Garrison IOC Hotline at 717245-4934, and (3) report to the Garrison IOC Hotline if anyone in their household has been directed to isolate or quarantine. It is not necessary to provide a specific name or reason for the quarantine.

CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES – Those who work on Carlisle Barracks should report through their supervisors if they have been directed to isolate or quarantine or are subsequently released therefrom. Those who live on Carlisle Barracks but do not work here should call the Garrison IOC Hotline at 717-245-4934 to report that they are in isolation, in quarantine or have been released therefrom.

SELF-REPORTING AND PRIVACY: Information shared between you and a medical provider is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, which generally prohibits disclosure without your consent. Therefore, I highly encourage civilian community members to self-report if you have been directed to isolate or quarantine. You should know that your self-reported health information is protected under the Privacy Act but may be disclosed to a Department of Defense official or employee who has a need to know.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL CONDITIONS

The State Department has removed the Level 4 do-not-travel designation that has been in place for all travel outside the United States, returning to the normal procedure of rating each country in terms of health risk, e.g., Level 3 = ‘Reconsider travel’ or Level 4 = ‘Do not travel’. See the country-specific travel advisories at State Dept. link on this page.