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Video by SSG Christopher Jackson and Sgt. 1st Class Joy Dulen The 7th Mission Support Command remains ready to protect, service, and supply the force though the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maj. William Brown, AER representative with the 7th Mission Support Command, speaks about how Army Emergency Relief has recently made changes to include Reserve Soldiers.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with Medical Support Unit Europe, 7th Mission Support Command assist the U. S. Medical Materiel Center, Europe in a joint effort to supply the force during COVID19 response.
7th MSC Command Surgeon, Col. Jeffrey Tiede, discusses continued precautionary measures to carry out during COVID-19.
Commanding General Brig. Gen. Michael T. Harvey of the 7th Mission Support Command discusses new information regarding COVID-19 in Europe and some impacts on personnel and their families.
Command Sgt. Maj. Yingst of the 7th Mission Support Command discusses new information regarding COVID-19 in Europe and some impacts on personnel and their families.
Lt. Gen Charles D. Luckey, commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, gives guidance to unit commanders and Soldiers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Specifically he addresses the suspension of battle assembly training, the stop of military travel and precautions to take to defend personal and public health. (U.S. Army Reserve video)
Virtual Battle Assembly
April 2, 2020 - Effective immediately, the CAR/CG authorizes the use of Virtual Battle Assemblies (VBAs) for all Army Reserve 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 stability and security to our Soldiers and families.

FAQs: COVID-19 impact to the U.S. Army Reserve
May 19, 2020 - These questions have been submitted by Soldiers to various U.S. Army Reserve social media websites. Here, Soldiers may find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Army Reserve Soldiers “Suit Up!” for COVID-19 response
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. William Haynes, a survey team member with the 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Mission Support Command, sprays EPA-approved decontamination solution at the Rhein Ordnance Barracks post office in Kaiserslautern, Germany, March 28, 2020. The 773rd assumed the role of Task Force-Prevention as part of U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz' efforts to decrease the spread of COVID-19.
April 8, 2020 - As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 (over 1 million people worldwide) continue to increase, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers assigned to the 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Mission Support Command, have taken action, in line with their motto, "Suit Up!", and developed tactics, techniques, and procedures to decontaminate high-traffic areas across the U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz area of operation.

U.S. Army issues guidance for the use of cloth face coverings
Soldiers are authorized to wear the neck gaiter and other cloth items, such as bandanas and scarves, as face coverings. Soldiers should not, however, fashion face coverings from Army Combat Uniforms or other materials that have been chemically-treated. Personal protective equipment, such as N95 respirators or surgical masks, must be reserved for use in medical settings.
April 7, 2020 - 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.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced updated COVID-19 protection measures during a press conference April 15.


While more sectors of the economy will be allowed to reopen, they will only be allowed to do so if hygiene and social distancing rules are enforced -

this will continue until at least June 5.

 

The relaxed regulations include:

 

- All shops may reopen as long as the rules about wearing protective masks and keeping customers at a 1.5-meter distance from one another is maintained.

- Germany's soccer league, the Bundesliga, will be allowed to resume games in the second half of May, as long as games are played behind closed doors. The decision now passes to the German Football League (DFL) as to when to restart play.

- Schools will reopen in phases, though most universities will continue with distance learning.

- In most states, religious services will resume.

- Outdoor protests may resume, though in most states only if social distancing is observed and only if the number of participants is fewer than 50.

- Seniors in care homes in some states will be allowed to receive visitors provided there is no active COVID-19 case in the facility, and in some

cases, only if the visitors are older than 16.

- People may meet with members of one other household in public, but only if they keep a 1.5-meter distance from one another.

- Outdoor sports for children and non-professional leagues would also be allowed to take place.

Nurse Advice Lines by Location in Europe

TRICARE beneficiaries should call the Nurse Advice Line at one of the following toll-free numbers based on your location:

• Bahrain: 800-06432

• Belgium: 0800-81933

• Germany: 0800-071-3516

• Greece: 00-800-4414-1013

• Italy: 800-979721

• Spain: 900-82-2740

• Turkey: 00-800-44-882-5287

• UK: 0800-028-3263

*** To access the Nurse Advice Line (NAL) from a cell phone in Europe you must first call your clinic appointment line and choose the option for the Nurse Advice Line.***

Non-TRICARE beneficiaries should contact their primary care provider for advice. If you do NOT meet ALL THREE of the above criteria, but you have symptoms of upper respiratory infection, call your primary care provider for advice.

Did You Know? Quarantine vs Isolation

  • The difference between Quarantine and Isolation.

    • Quarantine is the separation of an individual or group that has been exposed to a communicable disease, but not yet ill, from others who have not been so exposed, in such a manner and place to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease. 

    • Isolation is the separation of an individual or group infected or reasonable believed to be infected with a communicable disease from those who are healthy in such a plce an manner to prevent the spread of the communicable disease. 

  • CDC does not recommend testing, symptom monitoring or special management for people exposed to asymptomatic people with potential exposures to COVID-19. For instance, "contacts of contacts;" these people are not considered exposed to COVID-19.

7th MSC COVID-19 Hotline:
+49(0)1622592744

Rhineland-Pfalz Commander's Hotline:
+49(0)6111435413032

U.S. ARMY COVID-19 Hotline:
1-800-984-8523
OCONUS DSN: 312-421-3700 | CONUS DSN: 421-3700

LETTER TO THE FORCE: 
The Army's Commitment to Health Protection (PDF)

COVID-19 Guidance & Information

COVID-19 Resources

Garrison Specific Information

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