Today's Updates - March 25, 2020
Good morning! Today’s roll up has a lot of new information. Effective immediately the CG has directed a change in duty requirements in an effort to increase social distancing. Also, announced yesterday during the town hall, some of our deployed Soldiers will be returning from deployment ahead of schedule. Find all the latest information below and please drop any questions in the comments.
- Reporting Status -
Mission Essential Personnel Only
M6 has directed further constraints to duty requirements until 3 April. This includes: individual PT as appropriate, no organized formations, no training on ranges and teleworking as appropriate. All critical services remain in place and the Division battle rhythm will continue.
Please speak with your chain of command/supervisor to determine whether or not you are considered mission essential and for further guidance. See the CG’s full statement here: https://bit.ly/33RB9Fi
- Access Information -
WSAAF Gate is CLOSED
- COVID Cases -
Fort Drum: One confirmed case, a part-time employee that for residency purposes is not counted in our Jefferson County numbers.
Jefferson County: 2 confirmed cases
- Health Guidance -
Active duty Soldiers who wish to be screened and who’re experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as a cough, fever or shortness of breath, should report to the 24/7 central screening location outside of the Connor Troop Medical Clinic.
Family members and retirees who are Fort Drum MEDDAC beneficiaries and who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 should call the Guthrie appointment line at (315) 772-2778 during business hours for screening. After hours please call the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-874-2273, select option 1.
The drive-up pharmacy will continue to operate until further notice, more info here: https://bit.ly/2WuGbG8
DA Civilians experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while at work or on duty should immediately notify their supervisor and call the MEDDAC Occupational Health Clinic at (315) 681-1901 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A healthcare worker will conduct an initial screening over the phone and provide additional information as to your next steps. For after-hours care or when not on duty, employees should contact their primary care provider and follow their directions for screening.
In addition to our on-post resources you can reach out to any of these numbers for information:
APHC Army COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-984-8523
Samaritan Resource Line: 315-755-3100 (8 am - 9 pm, 7 days/week)
Carthage Area Hospital: 315-519-5497 (9 am - 7 pm, 7 days/week)
Lewis County General Hospital: (315) 376-9678 (Available 24/7)
- Redeployments -
In the coming weeks, members of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade and 1st Brigade Combat Team will be returning to Fort Drum ahead of their scheduled redeployment dates. Upon arrival here at Fort Drum all redeploying Soldiers will be quarantined and monitored by medical staff. We’ll have more information on that process as it becomes available. Those Soldiers deemed essential to the ongoing mission in Afghanistan will remain in place. Family members should reach out to their Soldier, SFRG or unit representatives with any questions regarding their Soldier’s status.
- Training Status -
2BCT JRTC: Postponed
- Facility Entrance Procedures -
Guthrie Clinic: Single Point of Entry - Everyone entering the clinic will do so at the far side of the Primary Care Clinic and follow the directions of the MEDDAC personnel at the tents for screening. Employees can be screened at the Radiology / Lab entrance between 6 and 7 am. After 7 am, employees will utilize the PCC entrance.
Behavioral Health: Patients should report to the Connor Troop Medical Clinic for screening prior to going to the Wilcox Clinic or Embedded Behavioral Health clinics. Once cleared, patients will receive a wristband which will be required before entering one of the behavioral health clinics.
Clark Hall: Single Point of Entry - Anyone needing to access Clark Hall must enter through the front doors of the facility. This includes mail clerks retrieving mail for units. After entering through the front doors, mail clerks should proceed to the second floor and utilize C-wing to access the Official Mail Distribution Center and enter the USPS.
- Services Status -
The most recently updated service(s) information is listed below. For the full list of closures and adjustments visit https://home.army.mil/drum/index.php/about/Garrison/public-affairs/coronavirus-update
DFACs: OPEN - take out options only
Army Wellness Center: No in-person appointments, virtual services here: https://bit.ly/2wAO4iD
Barber Shops: OPEN, Updated Hours
Main Shop - Sun -Tues and Thurs-Fri 1000-1700
Jack T. Sweet - Mon - Sat 0800-1500
Ontario Shop: Mon - Fri 0900-1600
Air Field: Mon - Fri 0900-1400
CDCs and SAC: Open to mission essential patrons, facility directors can help clarify your status. South Riva Ridge CDC is combined with Chapel CDC in building 10785C at the Main Post Chapel on Po Valley Road. POC: Evelyn Eggins-Alston, 315-772-9470 or [email protected]
Commissary: OPEN Tues-Sun 0900-1900, 100% ID check has been implemented at the doors and purchase limits have been placed on certain high demand items.
FMWR Fitness Facilities: CLOSED, but offering alternative fitness methods. Easy @Home Workout - https://bit.ly/2UtXnsF
PX: OPEN Mon-Sat 0900-1800 Sun 1000-1800
Religious Services: All services will now be conducted virtually. Please visit @FortDrumChapel for more information.
Retirement Service Office: No longer accepting walk-ins or appointments. Services available online, via telephone and e-mail. For assistance please contact us by phone at (315) 772-6339 / 6434 / 3189 or email [email protected]. For any pay issue or DFAS update, call 1-800-321-1080 or visit DFAS.mil and click on askDFAS to update your account.
Veterinary Clinic: Will operate as a ‘roadside service’ until further notice. Upon arrival to the clinic please call the front desk at 315-772-4262/0642/2978 to be checked in and await further instructions.
- Travel Guidance -
A New York state executive order, "New York State on PAUSE," directs all non-essential businesses statewide to close all in-office personnel functions at 8PM on Sunday, 22 March. There are several "essential businesses or entities" that are exempt from closure. For the purposes of this order, Defense and National Security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government and contractors to the U.S. Government are specifically excluded from the New York State executive order. Accordingly, all DoD personnel and DoD contractor personnel should continue to report for duty as directed by their supervisor. If DoD personnel encounter local law enforcement during such travel, DoD personnel should identify themselves using Common Access Cards and explain the nature of their work and travel in support of DoD.
Additionally, New York State is seeking assistance from health care professionals including psychologists, therapists and other mental health professionals to build a statewide digital network for mental health services during this crisis. If you’d like to volunteer visit health.ny.gov/assistance.