Coronavirus: What You Should Know

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Staying Up-To-Date

For the most up-to-date information about the U.S. Navy response to COVID-19, visit this page: https://navylive.dodlive.mil/2020/03/15/u-s-navy-covid-19-updates/

Face Coverings

Following federal guidance, face coverings are strongly encouraged for all personnel – military, Department of Defense civilian employees, family members and contractors -- when in public spaces.

This includes any location on Naval Station Newport and any other Department of Defense property, although it does not include the inside of homes in base housing.

Additionally, anyone who is unable to maintain greater than six feet of separation while on base is required to wear a face covering. Some examples of this might include inside the commissary and the Navy Exchange.

Because surgical masks and N-95 respirators are critical supplies needed for health care workers, individuals may need to make their own. Please consult the following Centers for Disease Control link for guidelines and instructions to make your own face coverings: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

Disinfecting a Vehicle

Guidance for transporting people who may have contracted COVID-19 or who are under restriction of movement because of possible exposure, including how to disinfect a vehicle afterward: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/disinfecting-transport-vehicles.html

What to Know

The Defense Department is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and State Department to provide support in dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. See the latest information at the U.S. Department of Defense Coronavirus Update page.

If you have any questions concerning your health or the coronavirus, please first call one of the following numbers: Symptomatic Patients: Contact medical 1-888-628-9633 (NMRTCNE Call Center) or after hours 1-800-874-2273 (Nurse Advice Line).

In the meantime, Naval War College personnel are reminded that it is influenza (flu) season, and there are many circulating cold and flu-like upper respiratory infections. The best way to reduce your risk of getting the flu or other infections is to practice good hygiene. Thoroughly wash your hands using soap and water; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with those who are sick.

You can learn more about the COVID-19 coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to NMRTC New England (888-628-9633) if you have any further questions. The safety and well-being of our personnel at Naval Station Newport remains our top priority.

Helpful Links for the COVID-19 coronavirus:

Note for the NWC family: If you have any questions concerning your health or the coronavirus, please first call one of the following numbers:

  • Symptomatic Patients: Contact medical 1-888-628-9633 (NMRTCNE Call Center)
  • After hours 1-800-874-2273 (Nurse Advice Line).

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U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
03/13/2020

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