SAN ANTONIO MILITARY UPDATES 4/3

Your daily update and the impacts of COVID-19.  Here is your April 3 update (based on various military releases) 

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>> Congress may look at offering 24-hour daycare services on military bases.  See the Story HERE: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/04/02/24-hour-child-care-would-be-available-at-some-military-bases-under-new-congressional-proposal/

>> Tune in on the Air Education and Training Command page for a virtual town hall with the AETC Command Team to discuss their COVID-19 response, tonight at 5:30 p.m. CST.

>> Health Updates: If you have questions or symptoms you’d like to discuss with a healthcare professional, call the San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS) COVID-19 Nurse Advice Line at 210-581-2266, option 6. The advice line is available Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After hours, please call the MHS Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273), option 1 or visit MHSNurseAdviceLine.com for a web or video chat. You also can send a secure message through the TOL Secure Messaging function or call the Consult Appointment Management Office (CAMO) at 210-916-9900 to book a virtual appointment from your home.

In-person visits will only be conducted when coordinated in advance at the Taylor Burk Clinic (Camp Bullis), CPT Jennifer M. Moreno Clinic (JBSA-FSH), BAMC Main Campus, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and Randolph Clinic. We ask that patients not come into any primary care clinic for an appointment unless directed to by their provider team. The McWethy Troop Medical Clinic and Reid Clinic will remain open during normal hours and continue to provide support, to include sick call, to trainees on JBSA. Military medical readiness activities will be converted to virtual care unless PCSing, deploying, on flight status, in training, retiring or separating.

Patients should expect to see the following changes regarding pharmacy hours:
● Moreno, Schertz, and Westover pharmacy – 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
● Taylor Burk pharmacy – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
● Gateway Bulverde, Randolph Satellite, Lackland Satellite, Randolph Clinic, Wilford Hall
○ Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Schertz, Westover, and Gateway Bulverde labs will be closed. Patients can use the lab at any on-base facility across JBSA as they will remain open, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

>> Effective immediately, JBSA Installation Access Controllers will accept an expired DoD CAC or Uniformed Services ID card (such as those issued to dependents or retirees) as long as the printed expiration date is January 1, 2020 or later. This exception will remain in place until further guidance is given on the period of time for this short term exception. Installation Access – At a minimum, installation access will be available at all 24-hour gates. We have made changes to other gate hours, they can be viewed here. https://go.usa.gov/xdSyb

>> Here are Martine Corps updates courtesy of Military Times. “For Marines getting paid for foreign language fluency whose test scores are set to expire between March 16 and June 1, the Corps is dishing out an extra 60 days to re-certify “once the testing centers resume normal operations.

“DLPTs [ defense language proficiency test] will continue to be extended in 60-day increments until normal operations resume at testing centers,” the message states.

“The Corps is also asking personnel to update their common access cards, also commonly called a CAC, if they are set to expire by May 31. The Marines are directing sites and security managers who approve new CAC cards to not turn away any personnel who have CAC cards expiring within 60 days,” again, according to Military Times.

“The Corps is also delaying the enlisted to warrant officer and gunnery sergeant selection boards due to COVID-19 concerns. The two selection boards, slated to kick off on May 5 and April 15 respectively, have been postponed due to a Defense Department domestic travel ban that was implemented to stymie the spread of COVID-19. “These Boards will be rescheduled and updated board guidance will be released via separate Marine Administrative Messages,” the MARADMIN reads,” Military Times reported.