Coronavirus Disease 2019: COVID-19

» Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 impact to the U.S. Army Reserve (updated May 19, 2020)

» U.S. Army Reserve leadership continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak. For media queries, call 910-622-3687. 

» Army Reserve Soldiers: For the latest information on Battle Assembly schedules and training exercises, please contact your chain of command.

In the fight against COVID-19, it's not only important to choose the right mask but also to wear it properly. Cover both your mouth and your nose. You may be asymptomatic and infect others without knowing it. Your mask protects others. Their masks protect you. Take the fight seriously. Wear your mask.
Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, wants you to not let your guard down as the holiday season approaches. COVID-19 is still a threat, and Soldiers and civilians should continue to take appropriate measures to keep others and themselves safe. Wear face masks, wash your hands and maintain social distance.
This video takes a humorous look at the unfortunate ways in which people sometimes wear their masks improperly. In the fight against COVID-19, it's not only important to chose the right mask but also to wear it properly. Cover both your mouth and your nose. You may be asymptomatic, but could still infect others without knowing it. Your mask protects others. Their masks protect you. Take the fight seriously. Wear your mask.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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U.S. ARMY RESERVE GUIDANCE
RELATED TO COVID-19  
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Luckey COVID-19 Update Memo

 »Virtual Battle Assembly« 
Virtual Battle Assembly
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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

The Army Reserve’s return to collective training in a COVID world
Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Banta, 1st Battalion, 338rd Regiment, gives instruction on Evaluating a Casualty to Soldiers from the 623rd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, during Operation Ready Warrior exercise, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, August 22, 2020. ORW, led by the 78th Training Division, was the Army Reserve’s first collective small-scale training exercise since the start of COVID-19. The exercise was made up of partnerships from various units and organizations from the active and reserve component to include key support from the Fort McCoy Army installation that focused on COVID-19 mitigation efforts to bring Soldiers in safely to train.

(U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Anthony L. Taylor)
Nov. 15, 2020 - While the threat of the pandemic is not over, neither are the threats to our Nation. To remain ready, the Army Reserve must resume collective training while maintaining the critical balance between risk to mission and risk to force, said Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew J. Lombardo, Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Reserve.

San Francisco nurse reflects on participation in federal COVID-19 response in Texas
Capt. Allyssa Marie Montemayor, an Army Reserve critical care nurse from San Francisco, mobilized in early July 2020, with an Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force to assist DHR Health in McAllen, Texas. Her mobilization was part of the Department of Defense assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.
Nov. 5, 2020 - “This event in time is another testimony of the unity, altruism, and resilience that the American people are capable of especially in times of adversity,” said Capt. Allyssa Marie Montemayor. “The American people will recover from this and we will carry the knowledge and experience forward.”

Greensboro, N.C., Army Reserve Soldier returns from COVID response mission
Maj. Joshua Salomon Solheim, an Army Reserve nurse anesthetist from Greensboro, North Carolina with his family. Solheim recently returned from a mobilization with an Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7458 to assist Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas as part of the Department of Defense assistance to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-America COVID-19 response
Nov. 3, 2020 - “Serving with civilian counterparts, shoulder to shoulder, was a great honor. The staff and patients I interacted with were nothing but grateful for our help,” stated Maj. Joshua Salomon Solheim, an Army Reserve nurse anesthetist, regarding his recent mission with an Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force in South Texas.

Army units innovate, find success with safe training at home stations
Maj. Kim Barron, an Army Reserve registered nurse with Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 811-1, receives a phone call at Stamford Hospital-Bennett Medical Center, Stamford, Conn., April 27, 2020. The task force employed unique, expeditionary capabilities supporting the Department of Defense response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Senior Airman Nicholas Dutton)
Oct. 26, 2020 - Creative problem solving, teamwork, and resiliency have helped Army units resume home-station training to ensure readiness amid a lingering pandemic that has drastically affected everyday life. As the COVID-19 virus began to spread, the Department of Defense issued a stop-movement order in mid-March, halting all training to safeguard personnel.

New terminal scanner screens temperatures, faces to improve safety at USARC, FORSCOM
A U.S. Army Soldier scans his wrist and face at a terminal newly installed to screen for high temperatures of people entering Marshall Hall, the U.S. Army Reserve Command and U.S. Forces Command headquarters building at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Sept. 29, 2020. The terminal is expected to reduce and eventually eliminate the required staffing of Soldiers who currently screen people's temperatures coming into the building. The terminal scans body temperatures via the wrist to eliminate contact and stores up to 10,000 face images, which can help with contact tracing if someone is later found to test positive for COVID-19. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)
Oct. 14, 2020 - New help arrived in the size of a mini-tablet to scan faces and temperatures of Soldiers and civilian employees who enter Marshall Hall, the headquarters building for both the U.S. Army Reserve Command and the U.S. Forces Command.

These Shoes Were Made for Running: An Army Reserve Soldier’s Story in Reaching New Goals
Sgt. 1st Class Dianna Smith, 7th/95th Battalion, 4th Brigade (Personnel Services), 94th Training Division – Force Sustainment, completes the Run Fierce Adjutant Generals Corps Regimental Association 5K/111 Mile Challenge virtual race. This race is part of a series of races focused on helping our Soldiers, Veterans, and military Families.
Oct. 9, 2020 - Physical fitness is a crucial component to being a Soldier, and for Sgt. 1st Class Dianna Smith, 7th/95th Battalion, 4th Brigade (Personnel Services), 94th Training Division – Force Sustainment, her fitness goals resulted in completing 25 races in less than 120 days.

Deputy Garrison Commander: Fort McCoy’s COVID-19 risk-mitigation protocols set conditions to resume training
Fort McCoy Deputy Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Alexander L. Carter observes training areas of the installation Oct. 6, 2020, while flying on a Wisconsin National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter over the installation. Carter became the garrison deputy commander on Aug. 31, 2020, and quickly engaged in helping the post achieve pandemic training success through planning action, support of safety protocols, and more. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)
Oct. 9, 2020 - In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fort McCoy developed and implemented a series of COVID-19 risk-mitigation protocols that enabled safe and effective training to resume on the installation.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COVID-19

What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
IF YOU ARE SICK

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

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U.S. ARMY RESERVE COVID-19 RESPONSE

U.S. Army Reserve COVID-19 Response