Coronavirus Disease 2019: COVID-19

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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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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

Modernizing mitigation of COVID-19
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Christopher Garrett, a lab technician with the 18th Field Hospital, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia, demonstrates the steps of a COVID-19 test on a GeneXpert system on Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 30, 2020. Camp Buehring recently acquired the hi-tech system allowing turn arounds for COVID-19 tests to be less than an hour. (Photo by U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Christopher Osburn)
Aug. 7, 2020 - On the battlefield, a few seconds can be the difference between someone living or someone dying. In the war on COVID-19, time can be an enemy or a friend, as well. The time spent waiting on results is time the virus can quickly spread to other individuals. Military personnel at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, recently acquired a new weapon in their arsenal.

Fort Bragg-based Army Reserve Medical Command UAMTF supports federal response to COVID-19 pandemic
Lt. Col. Todd Knudson, an Army Reserve medical-surgical nurse from Everett, Wash., is screened for COVID-19 symptoms by Staff Sgt. Juan Martinez, a Soldier assigned to 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), upon arrival to Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, July 26, 2020. Knudson is a member of Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7458, which mobilized to support the Department of Defense COVID-19 response. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to states in need as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-nation COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Scott)
Aug. 4, 2020 - Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7458 is the second Army Reserve Medical Command unit that has mobilized to Texas as part of the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency response to COVID-19.

Army Reserve Medical Command supports COVID-19 federal response efforts
Col. Michael Cook, a family medicine physician from Lynchburg, Virginia, is the commander of the Army Reserve Medical Command Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7454, which mobilized to South Texas as part of the Department of Defense Support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency response to COVID-19. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to states in need as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-nation COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Scott)
Aug. 4, 2020 - U.S. Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 7454-1, from San Antonio, Texas, joined the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency response to COVID-19. U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Force Land Component Command, is overseeing the military operation in support of federal efforts and the state.

Army Reserve Soldiers mobilize with UAMTF-7452 in support of COVID-19 relief efforts
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7452, mobilized from San Diego, Calif., arrive in San Antonio, Texas, July 27, 2020. The UAMTF-7452 is supporting DHR Health in Edinburg, Texas as part of the Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency response to COVID-19. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to states in need as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency in support of the whole-of-nation COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Scott)
Aug. 4, 2020 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers recently mobilized to support Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force-7452, from San Diego, Calif., as part of the Department of Defense Support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency response to COVID-19. U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command's Joint Force Land Component Command, is overseeing the military operations in support of federal efforts and the state.

Military police unit fights COVID-19 and prepares for deployment
Pvt. Anthony Miller, a corrections specialist with the 327th Military Police Battalion fires an M240B Machine Gun  as Sgt. Ricky Delapena watches during a qualification range here in Camp Ripley, Minnesota.  Units are participating in the gunnery portion of the unit's validation for deployment.
July 31, 2020 - “The reason that they are smiling is because they are beating COVID-19 and training at the same time,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Tyler, the commander of the 327th Military Police Battalion as he glanced toward a bleacher where his Soldiers practiced social distancing while carrying their assigned weapons waiting to fire.

4960th Multifunctional Training Brigade conducts engineer course amid pandemic and hurricane
After receiving the demonstration, students in the Interior Plumbing Re-Class Course, work on the specific skill in their individual booths at the Vertical Skills Building at Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii July 28, 2020.
July 31, 2020 - The 4960th Multifunctional Training Brigade, a subordinate unit of the 9th Mission Support Command (MSC), headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, embodies its motto of “Train to Lead.” The school house continues to conduct quality courses, such as the Interior Plumbing Re-Class Course. Even during Hurricane Douglas’ approach to the Hawaiian Islands, the school continued to operate safely.

1st Mission Support Command unit's annual training sprinkled with reality
The current COVID-19 conditions have not represented an obstacle to the Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve 432nd Transportation Company, since during the annual training, the unit has been successfully implementing specific mitigation measures that enable them to accomplish their mission, while avoiding spreading the pandemic. (Photo Credit: UPAR 432nd TC/ Released)
July 31, 2020 - Approximately a thousand Soldiers from different units within the Army Reserve 1st Mission Support Command, the largest federal U.S. Army command in the Caribbean, are performing their statutory Annual Training across the island, during the months of July and August, as the U.S. territory gets ready for the peak months of the hurricane season, and in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COVID-19

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

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IF YOU ARE SICK

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