Q: When will the vaccine be available to me?
A: Scott AFB has received limited vaccine and is following the DoD Prioritization Scheme for COVID vaccination (can google this). It focuses on medical personnel, first responders, critical national capabilities, deployers and mission essential personnel. It is only available at Scott AFB for DoD employees in these categories associated with the base at this time. If that includes you, please ask your leadership where you fall in the Scheme – you will be notified by your leadership when you are eligible. When sufficient supply arrives that allows us to vaccinate all beneficiaries, notifications will be made through Audiocare, Facebook, and other public messaging means.
Q: I’m high risk, when will I be able to get the vaccine?
A: We have limited vaccine quantities available which are being administered according to the DoD Prioritization Scheme, when sufficient supply arrives that allows us to vaccinate beneficiaries, notifications will be made through public messaging means.
- Enrolled beneficiaries: We will generate a list of high risk beneficiaries, and notify these patients through Audiocare when we have vaccine available for you.
- Non-enrolled beneficiaries: The base will make public notification through Facebook, email and other public affairs messaging when vaccine is available to all beneficiaries. We do not have a way to identify high-risk patients in our non-enrolled population, and will follow DoD and CDC guidance when offering vaccine to this group.
As a reminder, there is no requirement for beneficiaries to receive the vaccine on base. The vaccine is free for all, and if patients have the opportunity to receive the vaccine off base, they should do so.
Individuals that possess a valid DoD credential that allows unescorted access to the installation can simultaneously vouch for co-travelers (in the same vehicle or on foot) and enable those co-travelers to obtain trusted traveler access. Trusted traveler access, requires individuals to have an acceptable purpose for their presence on the installation and be capable of establishing their identity and being determined fit for access upon demand by installation security personnel. Visitors who are not traveling with a sponsor, that are requesting access to the base must have a verified sponsor and register at the Dixon Visitor Center. All sponsors will be held 100% accountable for ensuring guests know and follow current public health restrictions and conditions. You can sponsor a visitor via phone, if your phone number is registered with the Dixon Visitor Center, 256-2008 or you can enter a pass online https://webapps.amc.af.mil/SFACS/Passes.aspx if you have .mil access.
Dixon Visitor Center hours: Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed Sundays and holidays
Q: How will this affect ID checking at the gate?
A: Starting March 17, 2020, our Defenders moved to hands-free ID checking. As you arrive at our installation gates and visitor centers, please follow these three steps: 1) Reach out and display your ID with the barcode side up so it can be scanned. 2) When prompted, flip over the card with an unobstructed view of the front side. 3) Please do not proceed through the gate until directed to do so by the Defender. We also recommend that you allow for additional travel time.
Effective 23 Nov, the Commissary will be limited to 50% capacity and the Exchange will be limited to 25% capacity.
COMMISSARY They will still keep Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. for the immunocompromised and over 65. For more details about hours and updates to services, please call (618) 212-3898.
EXCHANGE PERSONAL SHOPPER PROGRAM
If you need help getting items from the Base Exchange, an associate can do the shopping for you! Contact the personal shopper program team at PSScottAFB@aafes.com.
COMMISSARY OPERATION NOT ALONE ASSISTANCE & UPDATE: Certain members who are quarantined or in a restriction of movement may require unit leadership support in securing groceries and food. Additionally, if there are extenuating circumstances, such needs should be discussed with leadership and worked within the unit.
Operation Not Alone (ONA) is an initiative developed by volunteers to shop for DOD beneficiaries who are unable to do it for themselves at the commissary and provide contactless deliveries during the COVID-19 response.
ONA will be servicing Deployed Spouses, Single Parents, and Isolated individuals and/or families residing on Scott AFB or within a 10 mile radius and those CDC defined high-risk community of 65 years and older individuals or couples who do not have caretakers residing on Scott AFB only.
If you would like for ONA to shop for you or know someone who would benefit from this initiative, please have them email ONA at email@example.com or contact them on our Facebook page, @Scott Air Force Base Operation Not Alone.
Additionally, ONA is looking for volunteers to dispatch, shop and drive. Volunteers will also need to have their own masks but gloves will be provided. Please contact SSgt Alexis Roberts-Turner firstname.lastname@example.org and SrA Violet Pretty Mwangi email@example.com to volunteer.
FITNESS TESTING: Fitness Testing has been suspended AF-wide and will resume April 2021. To minimize close proximity and contact, height and weight will not be conducted until October 2021. Effective immediately, the physical fitness assessment will no longer include the abdominal circumference.
For more information, see the AF guidance here: https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/47494 and https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/47493
The Pavilion/Track is open, as is the walking/jogging trail around the base.
Scott Lake is open for recreation with some distancing restrictions.
CARDINAL CREEK GOLF COURSE has reopened with some restrictions. Please view details here .
Outdoor Recreation is open for rentals. Please call (618) 256-2067.
BASE POOL OPEN - LAP SWIM ONLY
The SAFB Pool will open June 15 for Lap Swim ONLY. Access to Lap Swim is open to Uniformed Members and Mission Critical ONLY at this time. To ensure safety to swimmers and staff, Outdoor Recreation has implemented the following procedures;
For complete details or to cancel a reservation, please call Outdoor Recreation at (618) 256-3276 or visit www.375fss.com/swim.
For more information about FSS facilities, please check out www.375fss.com
Q: How does this affect Military Pay Issues for members with restriction of movement?
Commanders will work with 375 MDG to determine if a member has been exposed or is suspected of exposure. Once determined, Commanders have the option to direct a member to quarantine in their personal residence or in lodging. If directed into lodging, commanders will sign a memo ordering members into lodging (see HDP-ROM Memo Template under FINANCE: QUARANTINE / SEQUESTER). Members have to be ordered into lodging by their commander.
There are two options for payment or reimbursement of lodging. Which option should the Commander choose: unit Government Purchase Card (GPC) or have the Member pay for lodging? Below are the calculations to help make that determination. All calculations are based on a 15 day stay in lodging:
15 days of TLF (Isolation or Quarantine):
*Note*: TLF Room Rate is $113 per day
*Note*: Max entitlement for HDP-ROM is $100 per day, but no more than $1500 per month. HDP-ROM is a taxable wage, but calculations do not consider how much taxes will be taken out for HDP-ROM.
Option 1) Unit Pays for Lodging with GPC:
Enlisted: Free Meals from DFAC Only
Officers: Free Meals from DFAC Only
*Note*: Non-Essential Messing (ESM) members keep their BAS. ESM members (i.e. dorm Airmen) are not authorized to receive full BAS entitlements. Ref: BAS Approval Delegation Memo (under Supervisor’s Tool Kit)
*Note*: No one is entitled to HDP-ROM if unit pays for lodging.
Option 2) Member Pays for Lodging with GTC or Personal Credit Card:
Enlisted (ESM Mbr): HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + free meals – TLF: $1,695.00 = ($195.00)
Enlisted (non-ESM): HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + BAS: $186.36 (+ free meals) – TLF: $1,695.00 = ($ 8.65)
Officers: HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + BAS: $128.34 (+ free meals) – TLF: $1,695.00 = ($66.66)
*Note*: Non-ESM members keep their BAS. ESM members (i.e. dorm Airmen) are not authorized to receive full BAS entitlements. Ref: BAS Approval Delegation Memo (under Supervisor’s Tool Kit)
*Note*: All Members will incur additional lodging costs ($13 per day) if they pay for TLF at Scott AFB. Units are not authorized to pay for these additional lodging costs and are not allowed to partially or fully pay for members lodging costs with GPC.
15 days of Lodging - Standard Room (Quarantined for mission preservation):
*Note*: Standard Room Rate is $105 per day
*Note*: Non-ESM members keep their BAS. ESM members (i.e. dorm Airmen) are not authorized to receive full BAS entitlements. Ref: BAS Approval Delegation Memo (under Supervisor’s Tool Kit)
Enlisted (ESM Mbrs): HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + free meals – Standard (Std) Rm: $1,575.00 = ($75.00)
Enlisted (Non–ESM): HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + BAS: $186.36 (+ free meals) – Std Rm: $1,575.00 = $111.36
Officers: HDP-ROM: $1,500.00 + BAS: $128.34 (+ free meals) – Std Rm: $1,575.00 = $ 53.34
*Note*: All members will incur additional lodging costs ($5 per day) if they pay for the Standard Room rate at Scott AFB. Units are not authorized to pay for these additional lodging costs and are not allowed to partially or fully pay for members lodging costs with GPC.
Members who stay more than 15 days in Lodging (Quarantined for mission preservation):
In this scenario, members will be staying in a Standard Room at billeting. Starting on day 16, units should pay for their members lodging using their GPC because members are no longer authorized to receive HDP-ROM to defray cost of lodging (max limit is $1,500 or 15 days per month). All members would continue to receive free meals.
- NOTE: Commanders who pay for their members lodging with their unit GPC must ensure only lodging room rates / taxes are put on the GPC. Room service, movies, food, beverages are a personal expense to the member and must not be ordered while the Government Purchase Card is on file. Member is no longer entitled to Hardship Duty Pay (HDP) if their unit is partially or fully paying for lodging. No other allowance is included or authorized, except for free meals from the Dining Facility. For all members ordered into lodging, units will make arrangements to ensure delivery of meals from the DFAC.
For reimbursement of the HDP-ROM entitlement, US.AF.MIL certificate holders will submit the items below to the Comptroller Service Portal at https://usaf.dps.mil/teams/SAFFMCSP/portal/SitePages/Home.aspx. Non US.AF.MIL certificate holders will submit through our org box (375.AMW.FINANCE@us.af.mil) or their servicing finance office if they are from another Service. If sending an encrypted email, please utilize DOD SAFE https://safe.apps.mil/ and add the applicable org box to receive the attachment. The passphrase will need to be sent in a follow up email for access to the DOD safe attachment.
- Commanders letter (use template labeled “HDP-ROM Memo Template” under FINANCE: QUARANTINE / SEQUESTER)
- Lodging receipt (paid by member)
Q: How does this impact PCS moves?
Members who have PCS’d to Scott but are on restriction of movement (isolated or quarantined after arrival at the new Permanent Duty Station (PDS) and before TLE begins) may receive the standard PCS Per Diem Rates.
If a member is quarantined upon arrival, the date arrived station for the PCS voucher will be the actual date of arrival. The sign in date to the unit will also be the date of arrival. See TLE section for explanation of entitlements while on restriction of movement.
Standard PCS per diem rates are $151 per day: Members receive 100% entitlement, spouses and dependents over 12 years old receive 75% and dependents under 12 years old receive 50%. Members must maintain all lodging receipts in order to receive the full standard per diem allowance.
PCS Memo in lieu of amendments: Work with 375 FSS (375FSS.Outbound.Assingments@us.af.mil) to amend all PCS orders with the PCS Memo In lieu of amendments for outbound members. Inbound members will contact 375FSS.FORCEMANAGEMENT@us.af.mil. This memo will include details of the members quarantine dates, out-processing date for members held in place, and the date household goods were picked up prior to the stop movement.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) / Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)
Also, until rescinded, Non-Essential Messing (ESM) members ordered into lodging for quarantine/isolation are authorized to receive Government-provided meals from the Dining Hall without charge and will continue to receive their BAS entitlements. This entitlement only applies to Non-ESM members who are who are restricted in their movements—for self-monitoring, to protect the health of our personnel and their families, or to assure essential mission function capability, and are housed in Government quarters (unaccompanied or leased) and subsisted through Government-provided meals (from a Government/appropriated fund dining facility or a Government-contracted vendor).
NOTE: Dorm Airmen who are ESM members will not receive full BAS entitlements. This is IAW with the AF/A1 BAS Approval Delegation Memo dated 31 Mar 20, which states: “This does not include authority to initiate BAS for members not already receiving BAS.” However, all members ordered into lodging will be provided free meals from the Dining Hall. See HDP guidance above for other details.
Q: How does restriction of movement affect my TLE entitlement for my most recent PCS?
If upon arrival at the new PDS, a member is ordered into restriction of movement for self-monitoring (and dependents reside with them), the payment of TLE may be deferred until expiration of the self-monitoring period.
If ordered to restriction of movement and members resides separate from dependents, TLE may be paid concurrently to dependents while the member receives per diem allowances during isolation.
In cases where members and/or dependents have been receiving TLE, as applicable, at the old PDS, but are unable to commence PCS travel due to temporary travel restrictions directed by the Secretary of Defense, such members and dependents should be considered to be in an “awaiting transportation” status. Commanders are encouraged to convert members and/or dependents to per diem entitlements in order to preserve members TLE eligibility for future use.
Government Travel Card use and Advance Pay
If members need their GTC credit limit increased, then they must work with their unit GTC Monitor to submit a GTC Credit Limit Increase Form. The Unit GTC Monitor can increase credit limits to $10K, but if more credit limit is needed, then the Unit GTC Monitor must work with Finance.
Unit APC’s can place members GTC Accounts in Mission Critical Status if it was not done during the members out-processing and can extend it if the member is awaiting payment of their final settlement voucher.
Dislocation Allowance (DLA) Advance / Military Pay Advance:
DLA Advance: If members have PCS orders, then they may request a DLA Advance from Finance.
Military Pay Advance: If members are within 90 days of PCS’ing, then they may request a military Pay Advance.
It is highly encouraged members only use the DLA and military pay advance for expenses that are related to their PCS. For example, paying off expenses on their government travel card.
Please visit scott.af.mil/Units/Finance/ for instructions on submitting advances.
Q: How do I order a GTC for an inbound DORM Airmen that will be placed in TLF for quarantine upon arrival?
Due to the possibility of Airmen being placed into Lodging immediately upon arrival, units can start the application process for inbound Airmen who might need a Gov’t Travel Card (GTC) once they arrive. To expedite this process, unit Agency Program Coordinators (APC) are authorized to initiate the Travel Card 101 training using the stand alone slides and the Statement of Understanding (SOU) via conference call. Units should advise their Airmen to use a unit mailing address and to request the card to be expedited.
Using the CITI Commercial Cards Website, applicants will select Apply For Card, and begin the application by selecting invitational pass code. This pass code will be provided by the unit APC. After quarantine or the member has completed their temporary lodging stay (for Temporary Lodging Expense [TLE] purposes), the Travel Card 101 training and SOU must be accomplished in accordance with current policies and procedures..
Attached off to the side under FM guidance
CITIDIRECT Log in
Travel Card 101 Training Slides
GTC Statement of Understanding:
Q: Will my unit be reimbursed the costs associated with COVID-19
Units will utilized ESP Code C1 to identify costs associated with COVID-19. Resource Advisors will need to create unit fund cites to include this ESP Code and are advised to move any associated expenses over to these fundcites.
Units will spend their funds first but once the expenses are moved over, 375 CPTS will work with Headquarters to receive reimbursement. There is no guarantee for reimbursement, but showing the costs in the accounting system will help better the chances.
Q: Can I use unit funds or ESP code C1 for purchasing COVID masks with unit logos or insignia?
The Civilian Personnel Office is physically closed until further notice. Civilian personnel questions/issues can be sent to one of the following email org-inboxes. For Staffing issues: Scottstaffing@us.af.mil or for EMR-Labor issues: 375FSS.FSCA.EMR@us.af.mil. Specialists check the email org-boxes daily for critical issues. A specialist will respond as soon as possible. However, connectivity issues may arise that could delay a response to your question/issue.
Employees will fall into three primary categories.
Employees whose job functions identified as critical to performance of the mission (i.e., continue operations, job functions that cannot cease during a public health emergency). Employee must continue to work, where and as directed.
Employees who are not able or required to report to their assigned office location due to office closure or dismissal, shall telework each regularly scheduled work day during the emergency situation or request leave as appropriate. Supervisors may administratively excuse designated teleworkers from teleworking on a case-by-case basis.
Administrative Leave (sub-code Weather and Safety Leave): Employees prevented from safely traveling to or performing work at an approved location. Employees not in one of the other two categories will be put under this category. Employees on admin leave should remain available and ready to work, as needed.
Supervisors and employees must complete telework training (https://www.telework.gov/) and complete a telework agreement (DD 2946). This can be done from your telework location.
Timecard and Telework info: It is the responsibility of the employee’s Certifier to certify timecards in ATAAPS. This ensures employees are paid accurately and on-time. The local Finance Office DOES NOT have the capability to certify timecards for other units in ATAAPS.
ATAAPS can be accessed on any CAC enabled computer on commercial internet without being logged into VPN.
Typically, employees Concur their timecards before its Certified. However, if an employee is unavailable, then the unit Timekeeper can enter the employee’s time into ATAAPS on their behalf before the end of the pay period. The employee’s Certifier will then certify their employee’s timecard once the Timekeeper has completed all actions. Please work with your unit Timekeeper and Certifier to ensure your timecard is correct to ensure it will be certified before the end of a pay period.
Timecards should be coded as regular hours, then add subcode HZ/Oth and select TS for telework situational.
Timecards should be coded as LN for admin leave, then add HZ Other and select PS for weather and safety leave.
Q: How do I out-process if I am retiring or resigning?
A: Employees will either come in (i.e., with government furnished equipment) to out-process through their organization or telephonically (i.e., with no government furnished equipment) out-process completing Scott Form 13 and providing it to their supervisor. All employees must submit their out-processing information through the Civilian Pay Portal at: https://usaf.dps.mil/teams/SAFFMCSP/portal/SitePages/Home.aspx (email is no longer accepted).
Supervisors will maintain and provide the Scott Form 13 and the employee’s last four appraisals to Civilian Personnel once the health emergency has ended or email the documents to 375FSS.FSCA.EMR@us.af.mil. Employees will turn in their CAC and government passport (if applicable) to 375 Security Forces at Shiloh Gate, Dixon Visitor Control Center or mail to 375 FSS/FSCA, 215 Heritage Dr. Room D101, Scott AFB 62225.
Note: Employees who are transferring to another Air Force organization or Department of Defense component will maintain their CAC.
Q: What options are available for DoD civilian employees, if schools and child care facilities that their children attend are closed but the employees are teleworking?
A: An Air Force waiver approved through June 30, 2021, authorizes employees to perform telework during an emergency with children or other persons requiring care or supervision present at home. Employees must still account for work and non-work hours during his or her tour of duty and take appropriate leave (paid or unpaid) to account for time spent away from normal work-related duties (e.g., to care for a child or dependent). Supervisors may authorize alternative work schedules (compressed or flexible work schedules) that provide for flexible work days and/or work hours.
Q: What options are available for DoD civilian employees if schools and/or child care facilities that their child attends are closed due to COVID-19 but the employee is unable to work or telework?
A: Employees are eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave which provides up to 80 hours at 2/3 of paid salary rate. Employees on temporary (not-to-exceed 1 year) or who have worked in federal civilian service for less than one year (but more than 30 days), are eligible for Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Action, which provides up to 12 weeks of partial pay.
Q: Can an organization implement shift work? If so, what are the pay implications?
A: Yes, organization may initiate a change in work schedule to allow its workforce to work shifts as a means to mitigate community transmission of COVID-19. In doing so, leadership needs to evaluate entitlements for premium pay (e.g. night pay), scheduled and unscheduled overtime, and other compensation requirements. A change to shift work will also need to be adjusted in ATAAPS.
Q: Can civilian employees leave be denied based on location of their travel?
A: No, employee’s leave cannot be denied based on where the employee is traveling. Leave should only be denied based on mission needs. Leave approving officials may take into account and should discuss the requirement to self-isolate upon return from known hazardous locations. This may be considered as additional time away from work and could impact mission capabilities. Supervisors should also consider the employee’s ability to telework upon return from leave. We encourage conversation between supervisors and employees regarding returning from leave via telework or in-person.
Q: Can civilian employees take sick leave if they are asymptomatic?
A: No. Civilian employees may only take sick leave when they are ill or to care for a family member as prescribed under the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) sick leave regulations.
The Personal Property Processing Office (PPPO) is currently processing shipment requests virtually. When submitting your move request please provide a pick up/pack date at least 21 days out.
Please visit move.mil for more information. Questions can be sent to the 375 LRS PPPO team at 375LRS.SCOTTAFB.PersonalProperty@us.af.mil.
For finance questions regarding PCS, see the finance tab above.
Q: Who can drop their children off at the Child Development Centers (CDC Bldgs 1807 and 1805)?
A: The Scott AFB Child Development Centers continue to support the mission during this challenging COVID-19 pandemic. In order to expand access to child care and support more families, effective Monday, 5 October 2020, the following enrolled children are welcome to attend the Child Development Centers, as needed, during our hours of operation (0630-1800):
Enrolled children of single and dual military parents, regardless of parents’ telework status
Enrolled children of Active Duty members with a full time working spouse, regardless of parents’ telework status
Enrolled children of parents who are currently deployed, regardless of parent/custodian’s telework status
All enrolled children on the days both working parents are physically required to report to their work places
AF has temporarily waived the requirement for parents of enrolled children who choose to stay home with their children to pay a weekly fee to hold their child’s space in our program. For more information, please contact CDC Bldg 1807 at 618-256-2669 or CDC Bldg 1805 at 618-256-2375.
Q: Who can drop their children off at the Youth Center?
A: The Scott AFB School Age Program continues to support the mission during this challenging COVID-19 pandemic. Effective Tuesday, 13 October 2020, when Mascoutah Schools re-open to in-person learning, all enrolled children in the School Age Programs may attend, regardless of parents’ telework status. Parents of children attending in-person school will choose Before Only, After Only, or Before and After care options. Our SAP hours of operation are 0630-1800. Open Recreation is not available at this time. For more information, please contact the Youth Center at 618-256-5139.
Q: What if my child is not enrolled in the Child Development Center or School Age Program and I need child care?
A: To register your need for child care, please go to militarychildcare.com, a secure Department of Defense (DoD) website that provides a single gateway for families to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide. With MilitaryChildCare.com, parents can request care in the Scott AFB Child Development Centers, the School-Age Care program, or in a Family Child Care (FCC) home. If you have additional questions about child care, please contact the Family Child Care (FCC) office at 618-256-8047.
Q. Are there any health screening things parents should be aware of as we enter cold & flu season within our COVID environment?
A: Yes. With the return to in person schools in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) published their guidance on handling a variety of symptoms that are COVID related and may or may not also reflect other illnesses. The chart below lays out their recommended actions for schools and youth/child facilities which the Scott AFB CDC and Youth Center follow. It does reflect an abundance of caution, but that is to minimize the risk of spread to the wider population in these areas where a lot of children are gathered together. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we follow the IDPH guidelines.
COVID-19 Cyber Hygiene
As we move to teleworking, be aware that cyber adversaries are very active. Please continue to exercise proper cyber hygiene while utilizing VPN and government computers as well as personal devices. See attached document for helpful reminders on maintaining proper cybersecurity for those members who are currently teleworking or may go on teleworking status in the future.
Be cautious when researching COVID-19 and be cognizant of adversary cyber campaigns against service members and family members both at work and home. Realize that the adversary is not minimally staffed during this period. In fact, threat actors are taking advantage of the current situation. As of March 8th, there were at least 800 COVID-19 malicious domains registered (https://go.recordedfuture.com/hubfs/reports/cta-2020-0312-2.pdf), this number has grown exponentially since. Below are reports of adversaries leveraging COVID-19 for cyber operations.
1) Malicious Websites:
Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware | Source: Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3)
A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the Internet waiting for unsuspecting users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult Trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the Internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.
2) Phishing Campaigns:
World Health Organization Warns of Coronavirus Phishing Attacks (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/world-health-organization-warns-of-coronavirus-phishing-attacks/) | Source: Bleeping Computer
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns of ongoing Coronavirus-themed phishing attacks that impersonate the organization with the end goal of stealing information and delivering malware. "Criminals are disguising themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information," the United Nations agency says in the Coronavirus scam alert. The phishing messages are camouflaged to appear as being sent by WHO officials and ask the targets to share sensitive info like usernames and passwords, redirect them to a phishing landing page via malicious links embedded in the emails, or ask them to open malicious attachments containing malware payloads.
3) Misinformation Campaigns:
Internet's largest social networks issue joint statement on COVID-19 misinformation (https://www.zdnet.com/article/internets-largest-social-networks-issue-joint-statement-on-covid-19/) | Source: ZDNET
In their joint statement today, seven social networks are now coordinating with government healthcare agencies across the world on tackling COVID-19-related misinformation. “We're helping millions of people stay connected while also jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world," the companies said. For example, despite being blatantly false and prior to official news, a rumor spread President Trump was preparing to lock down the US went viral on various social networks leading to many Americans prepping and stocking up for a prolonged quarantine stay.
4) Some Trusted Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
USAF COVID-19 Information Page: https://www.af.mil/News/Coronavirus-Disease-2019/
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
Do's and Dont's for teleworking
Who is considered a "close contact" of someone with COVID-19?
Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. People who would be identified as a close contact should ROM when a potentially infected person (as determined by symptoms that cause them to get tested for COVID) is tested until the results are returned as negative or positive.
What if I am a "close contact" who needs to quarantine, and I reside with a high risk individual?
If you have been identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19 and are being asked to quarantine, this means that you are at risk of developing COVID-19. If you develop COVID-19 illness and live with a high risk individual, the risk of passing the infection to them increases. So depending upon the specific situation, temporarily removing the high risk individual or the contact in quarantine from the home may be a wise precaution. If this is not possible, Public Health or your Provider can give you specific recommendations for preventing spread.
What do I do if I meet the requirements of coming in contact with a "close contact"?
This question is brought up most often by family members, or roommates of individuals placed in quarantine. As long as the contact remains asymptomatic for the 14-day quarantine period, family members or roommates are not required to quarantine. They are considered contacts of a contact and have no risk of infection by COVID-19 via the original case ... BUT if the contact develops COVID-19 as a result of their exposure to the original case, a new set of close contacts will be identified by Public Health which will include any household contacts. Family members or close household contacts should quarantine immediately and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID 19.
Am I still considered a close contact if I am wearing a face covering?
Yes, you are still considered a "close contact" even if you were wearing a cloth face covering while you were around someone with COVID-19. Cloth face coverings are meant to prevent someone from transmitting the disease to others, and not to protect someone from becoming infected.
If you have MEDICAL questions or feel ill, please call the 256-WELL appointment line.
Official function attendee capacity will be driven by unit commanders and facility owners. Leaders should set conservative attendance limits and implement strict social distancing measures. Units should continue to maximize every opportunity to host virtual meetings/telecons.
Work Centers: Commander’s and supervisors will assess their units and their ability to return to work while maximizing telework options. High Risk personnel should self identify to their commander on teleworking or other approaches as necessary. Continue physical distancing restrictions within work areas and common areas. Units should clean high contact surfaces frequently with an EPA registered disinfectant.
DoD travel restrictions:
The following actions are being taken by Scott AFB in response to DoD-directed travel guidance regarding COVID-19:
MILITARY MEMBERS: Official leave, normal off-duty time or pass allowances for military members will be restricted to a 350 mile radius of their residence in accordance with the Team Scott Local Leave Memo. For questions on PCS, TDYs, leave, and concurrent travel, please refer to our Travel Guide and PCS Entitlements FAQ.
CIVILIANS: For Civilian-specific guidance, to include movement, recruiting actions, telework, leave, and duty status, refer to https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/46583.
NAF EMPLOYEES: For Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) employee inquiries please submit through myPers via https://mypers.af.mil/app/categories/c/3204/p/2569 so the team can capture inquires and responses. For Air National Guard specific guidance, contact the ANG Command Center at DSN: 612-6001 or commercial (240) 612-6001.
FAMILY MEMBERS: Travel for family members is not prohibited by this restriction; however, travel outside the local area is highly discouraged.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE POLICY: Exceptions will be limited and granted on a case by case basis. Exceptions can be made by the first GO in chain if the travel is 1) determined to be mission essential; 2) necessary for humanitarian reasons; or 3) warranted due to extreme hardship.
Q: How do I access the Virtual Private Network if I’m teleworking?
A: If you have any questions, contact the Scott Cyber Operations Center at (618)256-2666, option 4.
The 375th AMW Legal Office is available to provide virtual legal assistance via email and telephone for issues such as divorce, consumer finance, landlord-tenant, powers of attorney, estate planning, and more. Please send all legal assistance questions and requests through our organizational email box at firstname.lastname@example.org. All customers will need to send an email with the words “Legal Assistance” in the Subject line. The email must include your question(s), DOD I.D. number, and a good contact number. Once eligibility is confirmed, your information will be forwarded to an attorney who will contact you for your consultation.
For civil law questions such as legal review requests, ethics issues, and more, please contact our office at (618) 256-3542 or use our org box email at email@example.com.
The Medical Clinic will have limited entry control points [the main rotating doors and the pharmacy]. Staff members will be doing precautionary screenings for all before entering the facility, so please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to scheduled appointments.
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: Symptoms may include a fever (exceeding 100.4 F), cough, and difficulty breathing but could also include chills, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Not everyone who has respiratory symptoms like cough and shortness of breath needs to be tested, especially if these symptoms are not new. Also, not everyone who is infected with novel coronavirus needs medical treatment.
Q: What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
A: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or think you might need a test, isolate yourself at home and call 618-256-9355 to be evaluated. We want to make sure those at higher risk of severe illness are prioritized for testing and that they can receive the medical care they need. For this reason, 375th MDG is not testing asymptomatic people except in special cases.
Q: What do I do if I'm put in ROM?
A: ROM Guidance: Use risk-based analysis and follow procedures outlined in 4 Aug 2020, 375 MDG memo, for inbound personnel. Units should contact 375th Medical Group public Health with any questions. Should members develop symptoms during ROM, contact 618-256-WELL.
Q: What if I have general questions about COVID-19?
A: Call our Public Health office at (618)256-5653 or the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-TRICARE. Local COVID-19 concerns can be routed to the 375th Air Mobility Wing Emergency Operations Center at 618-256-4506. You may also visit https://www.af.mil/News/Coronavirus-Disease-2019/ to learn more.
Q: Is the pharmacy still open?
A: The Scott AFB Clinic Pharmacy is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the following guidelines:
To minimize lobby occupancy and exposure, all patients without an appointment in the Medical Group will be required to call the pharmacy or use TRICARE online to activate their prescriptions.
Paper prescriptions may be left in the drop box outside the facility for next day pickup.
Patients should call (618) 256-7345, Options 2,1,2 to reach the pharmacy, and TRICARE online instructions are below.
Call-in refills are still available for pick up at the Satellite Pharmacy.
Additionally, patients may also set up their prescriptions with Express Scripts for home delivery.
--The main pharmacy is open for completed prescription pick up only.
--No prescription drop-off or in-person activation, except for patients with an appointment in the Medical Clinic.
--There is a 24-hour turn-around time for new prescriptions. You must activate your prescription online or by phone.
--If your doctor gives you a paper prescription, ask them to electronically prescribe it to “DOD Scott Ephcy” (Note: controlled substances cannot be electronically prescribed)
--If you have a paper prescription, use the drop box outside the facility for next day pickup.
--There is a 72-hour turn-around time for refill prescriptions
Q: Is the Scott AFB Clinic open?
A: The clinic is OPEN.
If you think you no longer require your appointment, please call the appointment line at (618) 256-WELL (9355).
Please continue to follow strict hand hygiene, do not shake hands with others, and practice social distancing.
If you become symptomatic, remain at home and contact your Provider Team via Secure Messaging or call the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273), option 1.
Q: Is the 375 MDG Mental Health Clinic open?
A: Yes. In an effort to balance routine care with patient safety, the Mental Health Clinic will be providing most services via telephone. If you have a scheduled appointment with the Mental Health, ADAPT or Family Advocacy Clinics, most appointments will not be changed and a Mental Health Provider will contact you on your primary home phone number, listed in your medical record.
For all appointments that require an in-person visit, or for specialty evaluations that are currently not being offered, the Mental Health Staff will contact you to discuss those details. This will be in effect until further notice. If you need to change your primary contact phone number or have any additional questions please contact the Mental Health front desk at 618-256-7386. The Mental Health Flight is committed to continue providing all Active Duty Members with the highest quality care we can in these difficult times.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition period.
The Military Personnel Flight is an appointment only operation for Military/Civilian CAC expirations as well as Dependent/Retiree ID Cards. These appointments will be scheduled based upon priority and date of expiration. CAC pin resets are always a walk-in availability and will be prioritized in-between appointments.
Please be advised that the MPF will ONLY be accepting appointments for Dependent IDs that have expired between January – March 2020. (all new requirement dependent/retiree ID cards will be scheduled on availability).
Visit: https://375fss.com/MPF.php to make an appointment or for more information. (please plan ahead as the blocks fill up at least two weeks in advance).
All expired retired/dependent ID cards will be honored DoD-wide until June 30, 2021 per DEERs guidance.
Further, TRICARE will accept claims regardless of the expiration date on the card. TRICARE coverage periods are based upon the date of separation in DEERS, which means a lapse in coverage should not occur.
All other items to include Force Management/Career Development functions will be addressed case by case. Please call (618) 334-4874 or email 375FSS.FSMPS@us.af.mil to schedule an appointment or inquire about individual personnel functions. Normal hours of operation (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Mon-Friday apply.
If you experience these symptoms, DO NOT COME TO THE CLINIC. Call the Nurse Advice Line immediately at (800) 874-2273, or the SAFB Med Clinic at 618-256-9355 (Option 1, 1, 1). For general questions about COVID, visit www.cdc.gov/coronovirus/ for more information or Team Scott's Public Heath office if it pertains to military/installation issues.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
- Don't touch your face
- Cover your cough with a tissue or your elbow
- Stay home if you are sick
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
375th MDG Mental Health Tips
Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
375th Mental Health office COVID-19 advice
Electronic fact sheets/guidance
Managing Stress and Anxiety (includes a portion for medics)
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease
Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak, by the WHO, (includes a portion for medics)
COVID Mental Health Tips
MFLC Resources: Telephonic/Video and Face to Face Counseling Sessions are now available from local Adult and Child & Youth Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) for all uniformed personnel and their family members. Appointments are scheduled directly with MFLCs.
SCOTT AFB ADULT AND CHILD & YOUTH MILITARY FAMILY LIFE COUNSELORS (MFLCs)
ASSIGNED AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY
Child Development Center
Adult Military Family Life Counselor
Mental health resources: The following are resources for supervisors as you focus on the well-being of your teams. Due to COVID situation, Mental Health is not able to provide routine care, but have several resources you can turn to:
For non-crisis care:
• Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647 for family members
• If you are Active Duty, GS employee, or CTR who continues to report for duty and need focused assistance related to current stressors, please call us at 618-256-7386 during duty hours (0700-1630)
For crisis care:
• Call 911 or go to the ER/ED at a local hospital
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 1-800-273-8255
• Active Duty please contact the Mental Health Clinic at 256-7386 during duty hours
(7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
375th SFS Visitors Center
618-334-4874 or Click here
Family Child Care Homes
618-256-7345 Option 2, 1, 2
Public Health COVID19
Air Force guidance
Coronavirus.gov Site Link
COVID-19 CDC information
State of Missouri Website
State of Illinois Website
SECDEF Mandatory Mask Mandate - Feb. 2021
DAF Guidance on Use of Masks (16 Feb 21)
COVID Vaccine Talking Paper - AMC/SG
Where can I hold a required gathering for over 15 people in a COVID safe setting?
TEAM SCOTT MEMORANDUMS
Public Health Emergency Memo - Feb. 8, 2021
HPCON-B Gathering Memo - Aug. 2020
Traffic Management Advisory - 20 March 2020
ID Card Services - Dec. 17, 2020
CAC and USID Official Guidance
Foreign Clearance Guide
Finance Entitlements Matrix
375th CPTS website
JTR Revisions for Per Diem
Hardship Duty Pay
Meals without Charge Memo
BAS Approval Delegation Memo
BAS Under Quarantine Accounting Steps
Housing Guidelines for Isolation of Personnel
Quarters & ROM Guidance
FHP Travel / Return to Work Guidance - Dec. 29, 2020
Leave Outside of Local Area Memo - June 24, 2020
GTC Credit Limit Increase Form
HDP-ROM Memo Template
AMC Travel Waiver - Deployment/Pre-deployment training ETP
18 AF Travel Waiver - Humanitarian/Hardship PCS or Leave ETP
18 AF Travel Waiver - Mission Essential PCS or Travel ETP
Basic Medical Recommendations
Flu vs Allergies vs COVID
HPCON Levels Explained
Isolation vs Quarantine vs Sequester Explained
FHP Testing Guidance - Jan. 11, 2021
Telework Fact Sheet
Tips for Leaders Managing Remote Staff
Managing Remote Teams Tips
Civilian Back to Work FAQs - June 17, 2020
Civilian Employee Clearance Checklist - Dec. 7, 2020
Vaccine Q&As for Civilians - March 2021