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Installation commander discusses careful return to full capacity

Thanks to all of you, we have made great strides in limiting the spread of COVID-19 on and around Hanscom Air Force Base. Such significant change to our routines, implemented so quickly, was bound to present challenges. Yet we have overcome those challenges, operated our base, and preserved our critical missions, all while maintaining our collective health and safety – and we’ve done it with great efficiency. In a nutshell, Hanscom never truly closed - we’re just operating differently.

So what comes next? When the time is right – as determined by Hanscom-specific, local and state-wide data – we will begin a slow, carefully phased “return to full capacity.” Read more about this here.

Massachusetts new face-covering policy and what it means at Hanscom

Massachusetts implemented a new policy today (May 6) requiring the use of face coverings “in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces.”

However, everyone should be aware of the new Massachusetts policy and adhere to its provisions whether on or off the installation starting today.

CDC warns of COVID-related phone scams, phishing attacks

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning the public of calls appearing to originate from CDC through caller ID, or voicemail messages saying the caller is from the CDC. Some calls are requesting donations.

Learn more about this here.

SecDef issues guidance on cloth face coverings in public space

In accordance with guidance released earlier today from the Secretary of Defense, “Effective immediately, to the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers.

Read the full memo here. The Air Force released information that supplements DOD's guidance hereAFMC Face Covering Frequently Asked Questions

SFS explains COVID-19 base access procedures

As Hanscom AFB continues to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, installation access will be limited to essential personnel and necessary deliveries.

For further information, visit the full announcement here.

 

Archive:

Article: Commander announces additional changes, effective March 24 at 7 p.m. (March 24)

Article: Hanscom housing residents: What do recent state and base announcements mean for you? (March 24)

ArticleHanscom Air Force Base announces first COVID-19 case (March 20)

Article: Hanscom leaders give community update (March 19)

Article: Commissary adjusts shopping limits, early bird access

ArticleCommander addresses COVID-19 response in virtual town hall (March 17)

Air Force Travel Restrictions

Latest Air Force Travel Guidance

Department of Defense Travel Restrictions

Stop Movement for all Domestic Travel Policy Letter

Travel Restrictions FAQs

Key Phasing Considerations

Hanscom plans to follow a cautious, multi-phased approach.

Face coverings required where physical distancing is not possible, indoors and outdoors.

Facilities that cannot operate safely with safeguards in place will remain closed or operationally limited.

Those successfully teleworking right now would be encouraged to continue doing so.

Frequent and thorough hand washing or use of alcohol-based hand rubs is essential.

Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.

Discourage workers from using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, etc.

Maintain best housekeeping practices, including frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment and work spaces.

Employees should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Restrict the number of personnel entering isolation areas.

Minimize contact among workers, clients and customers by replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual comm, when possible.

 

CLEANING/DISINFECTION OF OFFICES
As a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings, the 66th Medical Squadron currently recommends workplace cleaning procedures outline in Center for Disease Control guidelines found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html.

 

 

             

** Please click each question to see the response. **

COVID-19 Q&A -- Email Additional Questions to 66.ABG.CC.Workflow@us.af.mil

Medical Information

Civilian employees and contractors should contact their primary care physicians with health-related questions and concerns.

Active-duty military members, dependents and others who rely on the Hanscom Clinic for primary care should contact the clinic at 781-225-6789 if they are experiencing symptoms or have specific concerns they believe might be related to COVID-19. Additional information is available at the 66th Medical Squadron Facebook page.

The Hanscom Clinic Pharmacy hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For additional questions or concerns, contact the 66th Air Base Group Public Health office at 781-225-6295.

Hanscom Resilience Cell

The Hanscom Resilience Cell has been created to virtually connect our total Hanscom community and to help manage and respond to the challenges of COVID-19 and physical distancing. Learn more by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HanscomCSC/ or email HanscomResilienceCell@gmail.com with questions, ideas, concerns and needs.

          

Protect Yourself

CDC Recommends
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.