SAN ANTONIO MILITARY UPDATES 4/23

Your daily update and the impacts of COVID-19.  Here is your April 22 update (based on various military releases) 

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>> Update on Texas’s plan to re-open state here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/texas-plans-broad-reopening-during-the-first-week-of-may-governor/ar-BB132Ca9

>> Symptomatic government employees who are not beneficiaries are now authorized to be screened if their supervisor certifies them to be essential to the mission (SECDEF memo dated April 7). They will need to provide certification by their supervisor or commander. The template can be found here: https://go.usa.gov/xvngh

>> Who gets testing first across the DoD?  Story here: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/military-coronavirus-testing-rollout-to-prioritize-nuclear-forces-troops-in-combat-zones-1.627079

>> Alcohol sales surging at thr Exchanges – story here: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/alcohol-sales-at-exchange-stores-surged-by-50-in-march-aafes-spokesman-says-1.627085

>> The USAF Band of the West needs your help with their next video project. Please provide a 20-30 second video of you and/or your family dancing to the radio version of the Tones and I hit, “Dance Monkey.” Please email your videos to JBSAvim@gmail.com for entry. If selected, your videos will be compiled for use in a video with members of The Band of the West playing that song.

Previous updates …

>> Face Coverings to be Required at Brooke Army Medical Center – effective 27 April (but highly encouraged this week) To preserve the safety of our patients, healthcare professionals and family members, the San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS) is implementing every measure possible to curb the spread of COVID-19 to include screenings, self-isolation and social distancing.  As an additional measure, effective Monday, 27 April, all personnel, patients and visitors will be required to wear a face covering while in common areas of a San Antonio military medical facility regardless of social distancing. 

>> Change to Garden Entrance Pedestrian Traffic Pattern at Brooke Army Medical Center. The Garden Entrance is a high-traffic pedestrian area that requires a modification to help facilitate social distancing, particularly during shift changes. We will do this by slightly altering the traffic pattern when entering and exiting the building. This new traffic pattern is effective immediately.When approaching the Garden Entrance from the parking garage, please remain to your right, follow the posted signs that indicate “Enter,” and walk under the cover of the building until you get to the automatic double doors. When exiting the Garden Entrance, please remain to your right, follow the posted signs that indicate “Exit,” and walk out into the open area to the right of the building’s pillars as you walk to the parking garage. Always remember to stay 6 feet from those around you, and wear your face covering in this common area of our facility. 

>> FREE WEBINAR – The GI Bill & TA in the era of COVID-19. WHAT’S NEW – HOW TO NAVIGATE ONLINE EDUCATION, ETC. MAY 2 – rsvp to attend here: http://ed.gr/cdloi

>> A 100% ID check process is in place at all #JBSA gates. This is being implemented to help #StopTheSpread of COVID-19. Read the full memo, here: https://go.usa.gov/xv977

>> The City of San Antonio – Municipal Government announced that face coverings are now mandatory for all #SATX residents 10 years or older in public places where it is difficult to maintain a distance of 6 feet or more & when working in areas that involve close proximity to others. See here: https://bit.ly/3bjHRXh 

>> COVID-19 Drive-thru Screening Hours of Operation

Due to a recent shift in demand, BAMC is adjusting the hours for its drive-thru COVID-19 screening operations. Military beneficiaries can receive a drive-thru screening weekdays from 0800-1500 and Saturdays from 1000-1400. Drive-thru screenings will not be offered Sundays. If you are experiencing a medical emergency or are advised to seek medical care, please call 911 or proceed to the BAMC Emergency Department for further evaluation. 

>> Face coverings required in SAMHS common areas. To preserve the safety of our patients, healthcare professionals and family members, the San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS) is implementing every measure possible to curb the spread of COVID-19 to include screenings, self-isolation and social distancing. 

As an additional measure, effective Monday, 27 April, all personnel, patients and visitors will be required to wear a cloth face covering while in common areas of a San Antonio military medical facility regardless of social distancing. While not required immediately, everyone is highly encouraged to start wearing a face covering this week. Common areas include medical malls, waiting areas, entrances and main hallways. This action is to help prevent transmission from infected individuals who may or may not have symptoms of COVID-19 and is consistent with the community requirement to wear face coverings in public places.