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Like the rest of America, military families are trying to take every precaution to keep themselves healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Military Family Association had compiled a list of useful information about frequently asked questions to ensure your family’s well-being. 

Operation Purple

All Operation Purple programs have been postponed until May 30th out of an ‘abundance of caution.’ A decision has not been made regarding any programs set to begin May 31st. 

If You Believe You May Have COVID-19

The Defense Health Agency recommends that, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have traveled to an area with community spread, or have been in close contact with a person sick with COVID-19:

Do NOT visit any military hospitals or clinics. Stay at home and contact a Military Health System registered nurse. They can assess your symptoms and screen you for potential or suspected exposure. They can then coordinate a virtual visit with a health-care provider if needed. 

PCS and Travel

The Department of Defense has issued domestic and international travel restrictions for military families. Travel for medical leave is still allowed, but travel for Permanent Change of Station and Temporary Duty has been halted. Families who were in the process of joining their soldiers for any overseas PCS will be required to wait for at least the next 60 days. 

DODEA SCHOOLS & CDCs

Some schools have already been closed as of March 13th. For the latest list of closures, please click here

Child development centers and family child care homes that remain open are taking precautions in addition to their routine sanitizing of surfaces. Children are being screened daily to ensure they are free from communicable diseases. Children are isolated and sent home if they develop a fever or are unable to participate in daily activities.

COMMISSARIES AND PXs

DeCA has reported that they are increasing deliveries to commissaries ‘where the need is greatest,’ which they say is mostly overseas, with particular emphasis on items in high demand such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and toilet paper. 

For more information, please visit the National Military Families Association’s frequently updated article here

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