COVID-19 Resources for Fort Drum

For Service-Members:

  • Stop Movement Order: The DOD has stopped almost all Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and Temporary Duty government-funded movement of servicemembers, DOD civilian personnel, and DOD families.
  • Social Distancing: All large social gatherings and ceremonies have been postponed. Telework opportunities are being maximized for eligible personnel.
  • Treatment: TRICARE is utilizing tele-medicine where possible and is strongly encouraging those beneficiaries with COVID-19 symptoms to use the Nurse Advice Line instead of walking into an MTF or clinic in order to avoid community spread.
  • Preventative Measures:  While there is currently no vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 infection and no medication to treat it, taking preventative measures is the most effective way to protect yourself. The CDC believes symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure. Avoid exposure and avoid exposing others to an infection with these preventative measures:
  • Learn to use VA Video Connect through the VA mobile app store or by contacting your VA care team, before any urgent problems arise.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (An easy way to mark sufficient time during handwashing is to hum the ‘Happy Birthday’ song from beginning to end while scrubbing.)
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick or becoming sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow (not your hands) and throw tissues in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Getting a flu shot is recommended.

What is the Department of Defense Doing?

  • Vaccines: The DOD has 5 vaccine initiatives at various stages of development.
  • Antiviral Medication: The DOD has 3 antiviral therapeutic studies underway, and the Food and Drug Administration is allowing production of these studies through the Emergency Authority Process for applicable DOD candidates established in the F18 NDAA.
  • Hospital Ships: The DOD is preparing the USNS Comfort to support efforts in New York, while the USNS Mercy is preparing to support West Coast efforts. Each ship offers approximately 1000 bed capacity with operating rooms, labs, and diagnostic equipment. Given that the ships primarily support trauma care, these ships will likely be used to support other medical needs for these areas in order to allow civilian medical providers to focus on COVID-19 patients.
  • Combat Support Hospitals: The DOD is exploring the use of Army Combat Support Hospitals (248 beds) and Navy Expeditionary Medical Facilities (150 beds) to provide trauma support for civilian medical systems to allow them to focus on COVID-19.
  • Stockpiles: The DOD is making essential supplies available from DOD stockpiles, including: 2,000 ventilators, five million N95 respirators, and COVD-19 testing in 14 military health labs.
  • Quarantine Facilities: The DOD is providing 13 bases to temporarily house U.S. Citizens and legal permanent residents who require mandatory quarantine as they re-enter the U.S., including passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship.
  • Medical Facility Planning: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received a Mission Assignment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support medical facility planning.
  • There are currently 2,050 National Guard Members supporting governors in at least 27 states. Support to governors includes, but is not limited to, supporting state emergency centers, supporting drive through testing centers, transport support for quarantined individuals, and 24-hour emergency pre-hospitalization stabilization response activities.
  • The National Guard is trained personnel in COVID-19 response and the compilation of state medical supply inventories.

Guthrie Pharmacy Update:

  • In order to limit person-to-person contact, Guthrie Clinic Pharmacy implemented new procedures, utilizing a drive-thru format for beneficiaries picking up prescriptions. The procedures for collecting prescriptions via the drive-thru pharmacy are as follows.
  • Call the Guthrie pharmacy refill line at (315) 772-3696 to request a prescription refill or verify your new prescription is ready for pickup.
  • Drive to the Guthrie Healthcare Clinic; follow signs to the pharmacy pickup parking lot; and park in one of the designated Pharmacy numbered parking spots.
  • Call the phone number on the sign in front of the parking spot.
  • Inform the technician of your parking spot number and discuss medications.
  • Wait patiently in your vehicle for your medications to be delivered to you.

    How the CARES Act Applies to Service-Members:

    • Defense Production Act (DPA) Procurement: $1 Billion
    • This provision also removes the $50M limitation for two years on Defense Production Act (DPA) authority to create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore domestic industrial base capabilities.
    • Additionally, it removes the $50M limitation for one year on DPA loans to private business enterprises.
    • Defense Working Capital Fund: $1.45 Billion
    • Undefinitized Contract Authority (UCA): These are contracts where terms, specifications, and price are not agreed upon before performance begins.  The bill clarifies that COVID-19 national emergency qualifies for the existing waivers for UCAs and lifts restrictions on contracting officers to obligate funds while an undefinitized contract is being definitized.
    • Industrial Base Workforce: The bill ensures the Defense Industrial base workforce is provided financial relief from situations where employees cannot telework and their workforce are unable to perform work because defense sites are closed or owing to state-level travel or work restrictions
    • Defense Health Program: $3.8 Billion
    • $3,390,600,000 for O&M, to include personal protective equipment, medical countermeasures and other medical equipment needed to treat COVID-19.  
    • An additional $415,000,000 will be for RDT&E, to fund initiatives such as the current 5 vaccines initiatives, 3 antiviral therapeutics initiatives and 4 other diagnostic research projects into COVID-19 that are currently underway. 
    • The funds will remain available until September 30, 2021.