About COVID-19

Fairchild's Health Protection Condition Level: ALPHA 

FAFB will transition to HPCON Alpha, effective immediately, due to the CDC Community level for Spokane and Eastern Washington decreasing to “low-level risk” and local case hospitalization rates steadily decreasing in the area. While in HPCON Alpha, occupancies of buildings are authorized up to 100% with telework as appropriate. All staff, beneficiaries, and visitors in the 92d MDG (including Dental Clinic) are still required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth except when otherwise exempt due to age (< 2 yo), safety, or health requirement. Everyone should continue to monitor for symptoms, stay home if they feel ill and seek care for potential influenza-like illness.  

UPDATED MASK GUIDANCE

Masks are currently not required to be worn indoors. All STAFF, beneficiaries, and visitors in the 92d MDG (including Dental Clinic) are still required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth except when otherwise exempt due to age (< 2 yo), safety, or health requirement.

Mask Wear. Per Consolidated Department of Defense Coronavirus Disease 2019 Force Health Protection Guidance (updated 8 Aug 2022), all service members, federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while indoors on Fairchild AFB when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Level is high. The CDC Community Level can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

The Installation Commander may direct that masks be worn when the transmission risk is increased. If masks are required, masks should be worn properly, by fitting snugly against the sides of your face, and must cover your nose and mouth. Exceptions: Masks may be taken off indoors when an individual is alone in an office with floor-to-ceiling walls with a closed door; for brief periods of time when eating and drinking; and when the mask is required to be lowered briefly for identification or security purposes. Masks are not required during active utilization of the fitness center pool, while showering inAttachment 1 the locker rooms, and while actively performing fitness testing under the guidance of the fitness assessment cell.

Physical Distancing. All individuals on Fairchild AFB will practice physical distancing, specifically by staying 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other individuals who are not from an individual’s household to the maximum extent possible, mission permitting. Physical distancing should be practiced in addition to other mitigation procedures; such as proper mask-wear, refraining from touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Updated Return to Work Policy/Flowchart. All military members must continue to self-monitor for potential symptoms daily and comply with the current “Return to Work” (RTW) Guide, dated 6 Jun 2022 (Attachment 1). Personnel are restricted from their primary duty location if symptoms or exposure warrant quarantine or isolation. Members who are restricted from their primary duty location may be required to telework from their alternate duty location (e.g., residence) to the maximum extent feasible and telework with children in the household is permissible. If a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19 or is symptomatic, you must follow the “close contact” guidance on the RTW Guide.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting people—especially those who are boosted— from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccines. You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible. Vaccine recommendations are different depending on your age, the vaccine you first received, and time since last dose.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available for all beneficiaries, DoD Civilians, and DoD Contractors at Fairchild AFB. Vaccines are available at the 92d MDG Immunizations Clinic on a walk-in basis from 0730 – 1630 Monday - Friday. Available vaccines include Pfizer, Moderna, and Novavax.  

Visit this website to verify if you’re up to date on your vaccine: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

Visiting Medical Clinic

All beneficiaries and visitors in the 92d MDG (including Dental Clinic) are still required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth except when otherwise exempt due to age (< 2 yo), safety, or health requirement.

As a reminder, we no longer offer walk-in COVID testing. ALL beneficiaries require an appointment for testing, which can be obtained by calling 509-247-2361.  Appointment availability varies, but we are currently able to see nearly all patients within 24-36 hours.

If you test positive for COVID-19 at an off-base testing site or using a self-test kit, please call Fairchild AFB Public Health at 509-247-5757.

 

COVID-19 News

COVID-19 QUICK FACTS

  • On 3/11/20 WHO publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.
  • COVID-19 is not the same as the coronavirus that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
  • Older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung diseases are at a high risk.

Questions about COVID-19?

Get the latest information from the CDC:
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

For information about the COVID-19 Vaccine, visit our Fairchild TRICARE site:
https://www.tricare.mil/covidvaccine 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call the appointment line at 509-247- 2361

Call Public Health at 509-247-5757 if you test positive for COVID-19