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Spangdahlem air base: hpcon bravo

Spangdahlem Air Base

Spangdahlem AB is currently in HPCON ALPHA+

Due to a sustained low-level of COVlD-19 cases within our base population and host nation local communities, Spangdahlem AB is moving to HPCON A+. We continue to open more capabilities in accordance with evolving German Guidance. Remain disciplined and vigilant to protect the Saber Nation family, limit the spread of COVID-19, and preserve our mission capabilities.

Click here for the full COVID control ordinance for the Rhineland-Palatinate. 

For a full list of rules and regulations read the 52nd Fighter Wing COVID-19 guidance and the Installation Face Covering Guidance. (effective 14 July 2021)

Current Situation:

Spangdahlem AB has released updated guidance on COVID measures, and has moved to HPCON A due to a sustained low-level of COVlD-19 cases within our base population and host nation local communities (effective 14 July):

Standing On Base Guidance:

a. Maintain physical-distancing of at least two meters (about 6 feet) between yourself and otherswhen mission allows.

b. Continue to wear masks in accordance with Wing Installation Face Covering Guidance.

c. Maintain contact tracing logs for gatherings and dining establishments.

d. Gathering sizes will be limited by the location and established physical distancing requirements.

e. Maintain vigorous hand-hygiene and increased cleaning frequency of common surface and frequent touch points.

f. Monitor yourself and family members for symptoms. Call your supervisor and Public Health if youexhibit any symptoms.

g. Off-base, continue to follow HN guidance

Effective July 2, the most recent host nation ordinance allows for further easing of COVID-19 restrictions and applies throughout Rheinland-Pfalz.  The following summary of local measures also apply on Air Force installations, unless otherwise noted in 52nd Fighter Wing guidance:

  • Private gatherings are permitted for up to 25 members from different households. Those who have recovered from COVID-19, or who are fully vaccinated as well as children ages 14 and under do not count against the total number present.
  • Retail establishments are open, but limit the amount of customers based on store size.
  • Larger events with spectators or participants are permitted with varying requirements; depending on the venue and incidence rate.
  • Clubs and discos may open for up to 350 visitors and in compliance with protective measures.
  • Fairs, flea markets and folk festivals are permitted.
  • Indoor/outdoor dining and buffets are permitted in compliance with several protective measures.
  • Hotels, holiday homes, hostels and campsites are open with several protective measures and a negative test upon arrival.
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, amusement parks, outdoor climbing centers, minigolf and similar facilities are open.
  • Movie theaters, concert halls, museums, circuses and similar facilities are open to a limited number of spectators.
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, thermal baths and saunas can open at 50% capacity.
  • Use of face coverings remains mandatory in virtually all indoor public places.
  • Medical face mask (surgical mask) or a KN95/N95/FFP2 mask are required in the following areas off base:
    • Shopping/stores/restaurants/salons and public transportation
    • Institutions serving in the administration of justice, such as courts, notary offices and law firms
    • Places of worship
    • In other areas where people congregate
  • Indoor and outdoor physical fitness training is authorized in groups up to a maximum of 50 people plus a trainer. Those who are vaccinated or recovered do not count against the total.
    • Indoor training requires additional protective measures
  • Areas that exceed a 7-day incidence rate of 100 cases per 100K people for more than three consecutive days will have additional restrictive protective measures.  

Restriction of movement - quarantine

New Guidance: ROM 

The arrival and initial dissemination of the COVID-19 vaccine and updates to the German Federal, Rheinland-Pfitlz State, and DoD guidance allows us to modify our post-travel ROM guidance for our fully vaccinated population at Spangdahlem and Büchel without increasing the risk of spread of the virus, but increasing om ability to get Airmen back to the mission following travel. The specifics for each ROM category are outlined below:

'Fully vaccinated' is defined as 14 days and greater after receiving 2nd dose of Moderna/Pfizer or 14 days and greater after receiving the single dose of Johnson and Johnson.

14-Day ROM Required:

  • All unvaccinated
  • Fully vaccinated arriving from a COVID-variant risk country as defined by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)

No ROM Required

  • Fully vaccinated and Symptom-Free
  • Not arriving from a COVID-variant risk country as defined by the RKI
  • Continue to self-monitor and report symptoms for 14 days

Any symptomatic personnel must contact public health immediately and follow their prescribed protocols regardless of vaccination or ROM status.

New Guidance: Close Contact Procedures

The arrival and initial dissemination of the COVID-19 vaccine and updates to the German Federal, Rheinland-Pfitlz State, and DoD guidance allows us to modify our post-travel ROM guidance for our fully vaccinated population at Spangdahlem and Büchel without increasing the risk of spread of the virus, but increasing om ability to get Airmen back to the mission following travel. The specifics for each ROM category are outlined below:

'Fully vaccinated' is defined as 14 days and greater after receiving 2nd dose of Moderna/Pfizer or 14 days and greater after receiving the single dose of Johnson and Johnson.

Unvaccinated and close contact to a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 individual:

  • Quarantine in accordance with guidance from 52d Medical Group Public Health 

Fully Vaccinated, Symptom-Free, and close contact to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 individual: 

  • No Quarantine required 
  • Continue to self-monitor and report symptoms for 14 days

Regardless of vaccination status, continue to follow safety guidelines of mask wear, physical distancing, and hygiene such as frequent handwashing and cleaning of common areas


What is an HPCON? Click here for more information.

For guidance on how Spangdahlem AB is implementing physical distancing, click here.

For detailed information on the restrictions implemented on base, click here.

For further guidance, or if you have any questions about how this affects you or your family: communicate with your supervisor, and direct questions up your chain of command.

Coronavirus in Germany

RKI - Weekly Report

 

Despite the recent decrease in case numbers the RKI assesses the threat to the health of the general population in Germany to be high, due to the current dynamic of the SARS-CoV-2 variant distribution and the still not high enough rate of vaccinations. The chains of infection can be retraced more easily, but outbreaks, particularly in households, day-care facilities for children and in schools, as well as in occupational settings are still found. The variants of concern (VOC) are spreading more easily and are leading to more severe infections. 

In light of this increase in VOC a rigorous reduction of physical contacts, use of protective measures, as well as intensive efforts to contain outbreaks and chains of infections are necessary to reduce the number of new infections and to protect people who are vulnerable.

The Full Report:  

 

Coronavirus in Europe

A map of the European Union showing corona virus hot spots

 

ECDC - Weekly Report

Overall situation

At the end of week 24 (week ending Sunday 20 June 2021), two countries in the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) reported increasing case notification rates. Case rates in older age groups increased in three countries and one country reported increasing death rates. Absolute values of several other indicators, including hospital and ICU occupancy, remained high in some countries, but trends for these indicators were decreasing or stable.

The Full Report:  

We are working with our local officials to ensure the safety and security of Airmen, family and community members. We continue to address all medical concerns as they arise and work with our host nation medical professionals to keep you informed as the situation develops.