Coronavirus Disease 2019: COVID-19

» Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Vaccine (updated January 12, 2021)

» Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 impact to the U.S. Army Reserve (updated December 22, 2020)

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

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SPOTLIGHT
Sometimes Army Reserve Soldiers are in the right place at the right time to make a difference on the national strategic level. One Soldier, Maj. Chip Autry, who previously worked in ice cream and currently works at a pharmaceutical company, was just the sort of person needed by the recently completed operations to help speed along the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Claudia Aparcana, a nurse assigned to Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 328-1 providing COVID-19 support at Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, Ariz., talks about her time working with civilian counterparts at Yuma Regional Medical Center, Feb. 03, 2021. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the whole-of-government COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army video by Master Sgt. Helen Miller)
In this episode of AR/60: The COVID- 19 vaccine is starting to arrive at Military Treatment Facilities. Right now, it is voluntary. First priority are USAR medical personnel on active duty supporting COVID-19 response operations, such as Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces (UAMTFs). Final priority is to other USAR units determined by the availability of vaccines and prevalent COVID risk factors. Please note that the vaccine is a two dose series. It is very important that you receive the vaccine from the same manufacturer for both doses and at the specified time, which will vary between manufacturers. All TPU Soldiers can receive the vaccine at any local Military Treatment Facility. The Army Reserve is working to partner with over 100 U.S. wide vaccinations facilities to make the vaccine as available as possible. Soldiers and Army Civilians will still need to wear masks even after receiving the vaccine until pandemic risk of COVID-19 is substantially reduced. Even if you have already had COVID-19, it’s still recommended to receive the vaccine because the duration of immunity is unknown. The vaccines use inactivated virus, parts of the virus or a gene from the virus. None of these can cause COVID-19.
Spc. Evan McBee, medic, puts a bandage on Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, after administering the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination at the Womack Army Medical Center, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Jan. 11, 2021. “The vaccine is supported by science. If I play roulette and contract the virus, I could be asymptomatic or on a respirator. I don’t want to risk finding out where in the spectrum I’ll fall. I want to protect myself, my family and my co-workers,” said Daniels.
The primary role of medical logistics is to get the vaccines to the customer and in this case it's the COVID-19 vaccination. Maj. Thomas Hudspeth, medical logistics office in charge, 3rd Medical Command, explains the process once the vaccine arrives to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. (U.S. Army video by Sgt. 1st Class Noel Gerig, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
Recently, Army Reserve Soldiers from the 209th Regional Support Group, 76th Operational Response Command, held a four-day collective training event where they maintained strict COVID-19 mitigation procedures and protocols to keep their Soldiers safe from the virus. Take a look at the safety measures and procedures used to keep Soldiers safe during their collective training event. ( U.S. Army Reserve video by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell)
As 2020 comes to a close, we reflect on COVID-19 and the Army Reserve's response to the pandemic with one of the largest domestic mobilizations in its history. Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces are formed to mobilize Soldiers with an array of medical expertise to hotspots across the country. At the height of the response, more than 3,000 Soldiers are in the fight.
Nearly 100 Army Reserve Soldiers from the 76th Operational Response Command recently conducted a four-day collective training exercise keeping COVID-19 risk mitigation on the forefront of the event. This video shows some of the measures the command took to keep Soldiers safe from the threat of COVID-19 while still conducting collective training. (Official U.S. Army Video by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell)
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.
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?”.
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.
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.
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COVID-19 FACTS

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.

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IN THE NEWS

Michigan CVVT supports first and second COVID-19 vaccination dose clinic
U.S. Army Private First Class Allyson Olson, a combat medic with 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Michigan Army National Guard currently serving with Michigan National Guard’s COVID-19 Vaccination Testing Team, Task Force Bronco, administers a COVID-19 vaccination during a community based COVID-19 vaccination event, Coldwater, Michigan, Feb. 18, 2020. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan National Guard have been working together throughout the pandemic to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations across the state for Michiganders.
Feb. 23, 2021 - The Michigan National Guard recently supported a tri-county mass vaccination clinic during a community-based first and second vaccination dose event.“We are doing a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic today,” said David Fowler,...

Medical command volunteers support VA COVID-19 vaccine effort
Veteran's line up to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the Atlanta VA vaccine drive-thru, 13 February, 2021. Volunteer’s from the 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support) and AMEDD Professional Management Command supported the Atlanta VA’s, Covid vaccine drive-thru. The VA was able to vaccinate over 2,400 Veterans during the drive-thru and over 400 more Veterans in their Vaccination Center
Feb. 16, 2021 - “It was and an honor to volunteer at this medical event that will protect our Veterans from this deadly virus that destroyed so many lives,” said Col. Janet Ross, G3, 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support).Volunteer’s from...

Army Reserve Medical Command unit undertakes COVID isolation and quarantine mission at Fort Bliss
Spc. Riley Callery, a U.S. Army Reserve combat medic from Helena, Montana, conducts a COVID-19 test on a Soldier at Forward Operating Base Westbrook, near McGregor Range, New Mexico. Callery is one of 35 Army Reserve Medical Command Soldiers from the 7407th Troop Medical Clinic that have mobilized to support COVID-19 isolation and quarantine missions in Texas and New Mexico.
Feb. 16, 2021 - Thirty-five Army Reserve Medical Command Soldiers have mobilized to support COVID isolation and quarantine missions in Texas and New Mexico. The team from Detachment 2 of the 7407th Troop Medical Clinic arrived at Fort Bliss,...

310th ESC CG looks back on successful mobilization to Kuwait under COVID-19 protocols
Commanding General of the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Brig. Gen. Justin Swanson said he is convinced from his experience mobilizing the 310th ESC to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, under COVID-19 conditions was that many of the COVID-19 mitigations will continue after the pandemic has passed. Swanson first enlisted in the Louisiana National Guard and served there as a combat medic before he was commissioned in 1993. (Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Noel Gerig, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
Feb. 10, 2021 - The commanding general of the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command said it was a tremendous challenge to successfully mobilize and deploy his Army Reserve unit here under a strict COVID-19 environment...

U.S. Army Nurse Corps officer an integral part of the frontline fight since the beginning of COVID
Feb. 10, 2021 - Lt. Col. Peter Stewart, a U.S. Army Reserve Nurse Corps Officer, has been an integral part of the frontline fight since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a public health nurse on the civilian side, Stewart has been...

COVID-19 vaccine rollout ongoing in U.S. Army Central footprint
Spc. Michael Meza and Spc. John Cera, healthcare specialists with the 228th Combat Support Hospital, draw doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from vials at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Jan. 18, 2021. Camp Arifjan is utilizing a phased distribution of the vaccine, as specified by the Department of Defense, beginning with medical personnel and first responders. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Noel Gerig, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
Feb. 10, 2021 - The COVID-19 vaccination program in the U.S. Army Central’s area of operations is underway.“The COVID-19 vaccine has begun coming into theater,” said Brig. Gen. Justin Swanson, commanding general of the Army Reserve 310th...

Religious Support Teams Keeping Soldiers Strong
For Army Chaplains like (Capt.) Fincher (Far Right), resiliency is a way to strengthen the spirit. Regardless of their individual beliefs, Fincher supports Soldiers mobilized in COVID-19 relief, by finding commonality of life experiences, revival and persistence.
Feb. 4, 2021 - Providing support to synchronizes and coordinates religious support for the Unit Ministry Team. Those of us in the military know, chaplains serve directly alongside Soldiers, providing for their spiritual needs, improving...

Religious Support Team helps those who help others during COVID-19
The Religious Support Team from the U.S. Army Reserve’s 785th Medical Detachment – Combat Operational Stress Control Unit, comprised of Capt. Ian Olson, left, chaplain, and Sgt. Steven Burns, religious affairs specialist, provide spiritual and personal support to the service members deployed as part of the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Jan. 13, 2021.
Jan. 25, 2021 - Who cares for those who care for us? For the military medical providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the answer to that question is, in part, religious support teams. In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a team of two Soldiers...

Brigade conducts COVID-19 mitigation during collective training event
Jan. 20, 2021 - Recently, Army Reserve Soldiers of the 209th Regional Support Group conducted a four-day collective training event using a variety of COVID-19 mitigation procedures and protocols. This video takes a look at some of the...

Shoot to kill the virus: Chief of Army Reserve receives COVID-19 vaccine shot
Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, receives the COVID-19 vaccination from Spc. Evan McBee, medic, at the Womack Army Medical Center, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Jan. 11, 2021. “The vaccine is supported by science. If I play roulette and contract the virus, I could be asymptomatic or on a respirator. I don’t want to risk finding out where in the spectrum I’ll fall. I want to protect myself, my family and my co-workers,” said Daniels. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work by using transient information carrying molecules (mRNA) to teach our cells to make a protein that triggers antibody formation to create an immune response in our bodies. The mRNA is synthetic, not extracted from actual viruses, and it does not enter or interact with your body’s own DNA. The vaccine requires two doses, so Lt. Gen. Daniels is setting up the appointment to receive her second dose in about 21-28 days.
Jan. 14, 2021 - Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of Army Reserve receives the COVID-19 vaccine shot...

FAQs: COVID-19 Vaccine
Jan. 12, 2021 - Here, Soldiers may find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the vaccine...

416th Theater Engineer Command answering call to serve during COVID-19 pandemic
Capt. David Rey, with the Contingency Response Unit, provides operational support to the USACE Operations Center (UOC). As a staff augmentee, he is one of several staff members to provide daily briefs to the chief of engineers on national response efforts. The 24-hour UOC monitors and receives updates from USACE Division-level Emergency Operations Centers on the construction and assessment of ACFs, and tracks each division’s deployed personnel.
Dec. 28, 2020 - Soldiers of the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC) answered a nationwide call to serve during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. With time being an important factor, these service members took part in a U.S...

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