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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Cherry Point, North Carolina
 MCAS Cherry Point COVID-19 Updates

Face coverings will be required in installation facilities on MCAS Cherry Point effective June 26 at 5 p.m

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Five months ago I posted my first message regarding COVID-19.  Since that time we have endured a challenging time like nothing we have faced in our lifetime. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way that our Marines, Sailors, civilians, and families have endured through these months. Now, as fall approaches, we have a new obstacle to navigate – the school year. I appreciate the frustration of dealing with the various approaches that our local school systems are implementing for fall classes. They range from a ‘normal’ class schedule to partial in-person/partial online learning to entirely online for the foreseeable future. While each of these methods of tackling our children’s education have merits, they also bring a host of challenges for each of us to sort out. And of course the school year is playing out with the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic. I want you to know that from my perspective, you are handling this with grit and determination that we can all be proud of.
 
Unfortunately, COVID is still here. We must be aware that it is in our midst and continue to take prudent steps to mitigate its spread. For months now we have heard about the need to social distance, wear a mask, and wash our hands. Even as the infection rate decreases, we are not out of the woods. If you think you have been exposed to an individual with COVID, do not expose yourself to others and risk a bigger outbreak. If you are not feeling well, stay at home. After consulting with your healthcare provider, if you are tested for COVID then wait for the results of the test without exposing yourself to other individuals. A conservative approach to dealing with potential exposure is the smart way to reduce the spread of the virus. Don’t let your guard down and we will pull through this together!
 
Stay healthy.  Stay positive.  Stay strong Cherry Point!
 
Semper Fidelis,
Col Huber

 

 

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All patrons are reminded that the use of face coverings are MANDATORY when entering installation facilities including, but not limited to:  Medical/Dental Facilities; Pass and ID; Commissary; All MCCS Facilities (MCX, CDC, food venues); and Operational Spaces.

 

The community is reminded to continue hygiene and health protection measures which include:

  • Frequent handwashing and disinfecting of common areas.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Maintain social distancing to reduce possibilities of spread from those who may be asymptomatic.
  • Cover mouth and nose with face covering when in close proximity to others.
  • Cover mouth and face during coughs and sneezes.
  • Monitor your health.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov for more guidance on preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease.

 


Face coverings are MANDATORY when entering installation facilities including, but not limited to:

  • Medical/Dental Facilities
  • Commissary
  • All MCCS Facilities (MCX, CDC, food venues)
  • Operational Spaces

* Fitness centers and pools are exempt

Commanders can make operational exemptions when:

  • Workspaces are greater than 6 feet apart
  • A mask would prevent safe operation of a vehicle
  • Operational matters dictate that a mask not be worn

Face coverings are NOT required for people who:

  • Have health issues preventing the wearing of a face covering
  • Are under the age of 11
  • Are actively eating or drinking
  • Are conducting strenuous physical or fitness activities

 

The health protection condition for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point has been downgraded to HPCON B.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All patrons are reminded that the use of face coverings is still a requirement (in accordance with the Department of Defense memo dated April 5) while conducting business or using services aboard MCAS Cherry Point where social distancing guidelines cannot be maintained, and wear will be enforced at designated locations throughout the community. Therefore, patrons should keep face coverings handy at all times.  

The community is reminded to continue hygiene and health protection measures which include:

  • Frequent handwashing and disinfecting of common areas
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Social distancing to reduce possibilities of spread from those who may be asymptomatic
  • Cover mouth and nose with face covering when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Monitor your health

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov for more guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus disease.

 

 
 

To our North Carolina-based installations:

In an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Governor of North Carolina has issued a stay-at-home order to citizens of the State that will go into effect at 5 P.M. Monday, March 30. To the extent we can, we intend to be community partners and comply with his directive.

So what does this mean for our installations in Eastern North Carolina? We have already cancelled or curtailed non-essential services, and we are limiting our operations to those critical functions that directly support the operations of II Marine Expeditionary Force and other tenant commands. Continue to look for areas that each installation can further mitigate risk and prevent the spread of the virus while providing critical services.

To that end, I want to encourage commanders to limit the on-hand work force to only those employees and service members required to perform mission-critical tasks, and release all others to their quarters. Contact your command leadership if you have questions about whether you should go to work or not. This requires accountability on everyone’s part.

While government employees and contractors will not be restricted in their travel to and from work by local civilian authorities, it is our duty to comply with the Governor’s order to the greatest extent possible. Compliance is both a civic responsibility and the right thing to do for the health and safety of our forces, our families, and the community.

This is what I want you to do:

If you are not involved with carrying out critical services and operations that support the needs of our operational forces and tenant commands, stay home. Minimize your trips to the store and other activities/services, but when necessary use the appropriate precautions. Minimizing unnecessary trips or interactions will reduce the spread of the virus and likelihood of you becoming infected.

Continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by practicing strict social distancing, washing your hands consistently, coughing into your elbow and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel sick.

Report any conditions or circumstances encountered within your local communities which counters the provisions provided here for situational awareness and remediation.

Finally, I urge each and every one of you stay focused on our mission to support those warriors training to go into harm’s way and their families.

Thank you for your patience and continued support during this health crisis.

Semper Fidelis,

J. D. ALFORD
Major General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General, MCIEAST-MCB Camp Lejeune

 

 
 

Effective April 1, 2020, essential workers are eligible to receive financial aid for child care through the Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program. Patrons who are designated as an essential worker (as defined in Executive Order 121), and are in need of emergency child care in relation to COVID-19 closures, have a number of resources available to ensure that their families are safe and taken care of.  Financial assistance will be offered for the months of April and May.

  1. To receive information about local options for children from infants through age 12, please call 1-888-600-1685. Families will be connected with child care programs that agree to meet updated health, safety and operational guidelines.
  2. After calling 1-888-600-1685, contact the recommended child care program to receive the proper enrollment forms.
  3. If you are an essential worker who needs financial assistance for emergency child care, complete the “COVID-19 Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency Child Care” form and submit it to your child care provider. A hard copy of this form can also be filled out and submitted to your child care facility.  TO complete the form please visit: http://ncchildcare.ncdhhs.gov/Portals/0/documents/pdf/C/COVID-19_Parent_Application_for_Financial_Assistance_for_Emergency_Child_Care_04012020.pdf?ver=2020-04-01-085539-233
 

 
 

Personnel who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as a cough, fever and shortness of breath or have been exposed to the virus should remain home and contact their health care professional for guidance or the Nurse Advice Hotline 1-800-TRICARE (1-800-874-2273 option 1). If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 – or, go to an emergency room.

All updates involving MCAS Cherry Point and NHCCP will be posted here:

For additional guidance on COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov/covid19.

 

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