Coronavirus Disease 2019: COVID-19

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Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces from the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Command deployed to multiple locations in Texas at the request of civil authorities. The U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army Reserve Medical Command are prepared to assist civil authorities and medical providers in combating the COVID-19 pandemic wherever they are needed.
Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force members chronicle their experiences on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. These Soldiers use their medical knowledge to support hospitals in the hardest hit areas of the United States. Special thanks to Capt. Paola Perez Hamilton, 1st Lt. Michael Dolan and 1st Lt. James Ennis. Video production by Spc. Maria Casneiro.
Video captures the 377th TSC response in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency through U.S. Army North to fight COVID-19.
The 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Operational Command Post (MC(DS) OCP), 807 MEDCOM, deployed from Fort Douglas, Utah, in support of the Department of Defense COVID-19 response. The Soldiers left behind masks worn on their mission to the U.S. Army Medical Museum, Fort Sam Houston Texas. These Soldiers answer this question: “If your masks could tell a story, What would they share about this fight?”.
On this episode of AR/60: 1. Virtual Battle Assemblies are now in full swing. 2. Help to train for ACFT without equipment; 3. Career Progression resources available virtually.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rachelle Dominique, a behavioral health specialist, assigned to the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force, visits patients and allows them to communicate with their families via video chat at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, N.Y., May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Zoe Russell)
To respond to the growing needs of the United States, the Department of Defense evaluated a variety of medical capabilities available to meet the needs of FEMA. A U.S. Army Reserve concept, the Urban Augmentation Medical Task force (UAMTF) was developed and employed during COVID-19 relief operations to alleviate human suffering and assist civilian medical professionals. The UAMTF stands ready to deploy and respond to homeland and overseas medical emergencies. (U.S. Air Force video by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Asselta & Staff Sgt. Zoe Russell)
Members of the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 811-1 are recognized for their service during an award and farewell ceremony at Stamford Hospital-Bennett Medical Center, Connecticut, May 19, 2020. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Zoe Russell)
In the fight against the COVID-19 virus, U.S. Army North employed a new pandemic response unit called the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force. Each UAMTF consists of 85 U.S. Army Reserve medical personnel. The UAMTF 801-2 worked alongside United States Public Health Service officers and civilian medical personnel to kill the virus at the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan, April 10th, 2020 through May 6th, 2020. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the whole-of-nation COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Brian Pearson)
Episode 1: Binson attempts to figure out what social distancing is and why it's an important guideline for children to follow. Binson is an energetic and lovable character who teaches children important lessons about COVID-19 and other issues through his playful exploration. Through such play, he finds the reasons for the guidelines that Army Reserve Families should follow. These short shows are intended for children of all ages.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, gives an assessment of the past 30 days, during which newly formed Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces have been deployed across the country. Soldiers within America's Army Reserve are part of a historic effort by providing medical assistance, sustainment operations and other capabilities in the fight against COVID-19.
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There are more than 2,800 Soldiers mobilized in support of U.S. Army North and Northern Command. We are providing augmentation support with a full range of capabilities to include medical and logistics. America's Army Reserve is structured with dual-purpose capabilities and, as such, is a Federal Response Partner, maintaining a ready posture for Defense Support of Civil Authorities.
A "friendly" drill sergeant roams the hallways of the U.S. Army Reserve Headquarters building at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to remind Soldiers of social practices in the fight against COVID-19. As military personnel begin to return to the office in the coming weeks or months, it's important to continue proper hygiene with 20 seconds of hand-washing and protecting one another by wearing a face mask while interacting with fellow service members in close environments when 6 feet of distancing is not possible.
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army is implementing Department of Defense guidance on the use of cloth face coverings. Soldiers, family members, Army civilian employees and contractors should follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings or where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Learn more at the link below about when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.
On this episode of AR/60: 1. Army Reserve Soldiers with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces are providing medical relief in response to COVID-19; 2. Guidance for washing your hands and what to do when touching surfaces in public spaces; 3. Wear cloth face coverings in public where 6 feet of social distance isn't possible.
The U.S. Army Reserve has nearly 3,000 Soldiers supporting the fight against COVID-19. We will continue to support U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies as needed by providing direct medical care and critical resources. Learn more at http://www.usar.army.mil/COVID19/.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army Reserve has authorized all units to perform Virtual Battle Assemblies (VBAs) for all Troop Program Unit (TPU) commands. VBAs have been put in place to ensure Soldiers have the maximum means to maintain individual Soldier readiness, build resiliency and provide financial stability and security to Soldiers and their families.
Brig. Gen. Dustin Shultz gives an update on how the U.S. Army Reserve is sending Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces to the areas in need of assistance. These forces consist of critical medical specialties and providers from the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support) and 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) to support U.S. Army North, FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services at field medical sites in cities across the nation.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, clarifies guidance on personal protective equipment and reinforces the importance of wearing PPE to protect our Soldiers and the future readiness of the Army. For more information about U.S. Army Reserve COVID-19 guidance and response, visit http://www.usar.army.mil/COVID19/. Video by Sgt. Bethany Huff, 99th Readiness Division
3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support) Commanding General Maj. Gen. Joe Robinson addresses Soldiers for their bravery in answering the nation's call as they prepare to provide medical support to COVID-19 efforts. Video by Maj. Satomi Mack-Martin, Capt. Burke Tervort, Sgt. Melanie Workman & Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Graham
The U.S. Army Reserve is responding with appropriate measures to protect the health of our force and support the nation while maintaining operational readiness, supporting the Army and other government agencies’ response to COVID-19.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, stands with the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces (UAMTFs) that are supporting our communities and nation in response to COVID-19. Video by Sgt. Bethany Huff, 99th Readiness Division
Command Sgt. Maj. Ted Copeland, command sergeant major of the Army Reserve, talks about how the Army Reserve will continue to train and improve individual readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, reinforces his previous guidance on maintaining proper standards and discipline to ensure we limit the spread of COVID-19. Updates include battle assemblies, pay for Army Reserve Soldiers, and how America's Army Reserve is providing support in the fight against the coronavirus.
Lt. Gen Charles D. Luckey, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, gives guidance to unit commanders and Soldiers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, he addresses the suspension of battle assembly training, the stop of military travel, and precautions to take to defend personal and public health.
In this episode of AR/60, we talk about COVID-19: 1. How to stay healthy; 2. The U.S. Department of Defense's 3 priorities; 3. Travel restrictions; 4. Lt. Gen. Charles D Luckey's guidance
Lt. Gen Charles D. Luckey gives guidance to Army Reserve Families about COVID-19 along with Julie Luckey, Army Reserve senior spouse, and Col. Mary Reed, U.S. Army Reserve Command Surgeon.

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 »Telework Guidance«
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Updated April 2, 2020

CORONAVIRUS FACTS

Coronavirus Facts

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WHAT IS IT?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.  Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new disease never seen before in humans.  It is different from other human coronaviruses that cause the common cold.

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PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: Avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; wash hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE

Isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to stop or limit the spread of disease.

» Isolation is used to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy. Isolation restricts the movement of ill persons to help stop the spread of certain diseases. For example, hospitals use isolation for patients with infectious tuberculosis.

» Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. Quarantine can also help limit the spread of communicable disease.

Isolation and quarantine are used to protect the public by preventing exposure to infected persons or to persons who may be infected.

*Information via HHS.gov

LATEST NEWS

Space Soldier mobilizes to fight pandemic
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Oscar Alcala, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, hikes above Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2020. Alcala mobilized with Task Force 76 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy photo)
Sept. 17, 2020 - When one U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Reserve Soldier’s civilian career came to a halt when his Colorado-based furniture store announced it was closing indefinitely due to the coronavirus, he volunteered to help fight it.

Louisiana nurse practitioner realizes dream to serve in U.S. Army
Capt. Emily Stansbury, is an Army Reserve nurse practitioner, serving with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force – 7452, assigned to support DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas since late July.  A resident of Rayville, La., Stansbury is currently mobilized as part of the Department of Defense support to COVID-19. The task force is supporting U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 17, 2020 - An alumna of the University of Mississippi Medical Center nurse practitioner program in Jackson, Stansbury is one of more than 1,000 Army Reserve medical professionals that have answered the nation’s call for assistance with COVID-19 since March. The Soldiers are part of the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s whole-of-America response to the pandemic.

Army Reserve nurse from Peoria, Ariz., reflects on experiences as part of federal COVID-19 response
1st Lt. Brittany Fouts with her husband Brett and their dogs, Rocky and Juneau in Arizona. Fouts, an Army Reserve critical care nurse from Peoria, Ariz. mobilized with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force -7452 to support DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas as part of the Department of Defense support to COVID-19.  U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 16, 2020 - “I joined the military to serve my nation and during this pandemic I have been able to use my training and experience to support and care for the people of my country,” said Army Reserve 1st Lt. Brittany Fouts. “This is one of the most prestigious opportunities I have had in both my military and civilian career.”

Army Reserve Soldiers support supply requirements in Texas as part of federal COVID-19 response
Maj. Ward Wagenseller, an Army Reserve critical care nurse from Poway, Calif., measures a racking system in a warehouse of DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas Sept. 3, 2020. A member of Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force -7452, Wegenseller has been streamlining a warehouse system to support the hospital’s supply requirements that have increased due to the pandemic. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 14, 2020 - Beginning in March, more than 1,000 skilled Army Reserve medical Soldiers have deployed as part of the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the specialized personnel currently serving on UATMF-7452, assigned to assist DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas, is Maj. Ward Wagenseller.

Colorado Springs, Colo., nurse adjusts wedding plans as she joins federal COVID response
U.S. Army Reserve 1st Lt. Tina Simpson upon arrival in Texas July 28, 2020. A medical-surgical nurse from Colorado Springs, Colo., Simpson is currently mobilized with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 7452, assigned to DHR Medical in Edinburg, Texas as part of the Department of Defense support to COVID-19.  U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 8, 2020 - Most brides spend the final week leading up to their wedding day making sure that all the last minute details are in place. U.S. Army Reserve 1st Lt. Tina M. Simpson spent the 10 days prior to her wedding readjusting plans to allow her to get married before departing to answer the nation’s call for her skills as an Army Reserve medical-surgical nurse.

Army Reserve nurse from Columbus, Ga., supports federal response to COVID-19 in Texas
First Lt. Ariel Walker at Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen Texas, August 1. Walker, an Army Reserve medical surgical nurse from Columbus, Ga., is currently mobilized with an Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force.  U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 8, 2020 - “We are caring for patients and all they can see are our eyes,” said U.S. Army Reserve 1st Lt. Ariel Walker. “That is the hardest part because being human with a patient means a smile when they are doing well, or a hug when they really need it.”

Army Reserve dietitian from Florida serves on front lines of federal COVID response
Maj. Ginger Sandifer at Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen Texas, Aug. 18. Sandifer, an Army Reserve dietitian from Apollo Beach, Fla., is currently mobilized with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force -7458.  U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of America COVID-19 response.
Sept. 8, 2020 - “When you don’t live it day to day, it just seems like this ‘thing’ that’s out there,” said U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Ginger M. Sandifer. “Once you start working in the environment, you realize how real the virus actually is. It has definitely been eye opening for me.”

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COVID-19

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IF YOU ARE SICK

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