LATEST UPDATES FOR ASSIGNED PERSONNEL
Per DOD & SOUTHCOM policy, pre-travel & post travel risk assessments are required for ALL official travel and for unofficial travel for military members. Civilians and contractors are encouraged to use the forms as well for leave. The SOUTHCOM assessment forms have recently been updated to provide links to useful resources & to include the latest CDC guidance:
For domestic travel, decision on whether Restriction of Movement (ROM) is required upon return is made at the Directorate level. For OCONUS travel, Force Health Protection supplement #12 drives ROM requirements as noted on the assessment forms.
Note that the CDC now recommends the following additional measures:
- During travel: At all times, mask/stay 6 feet apart w/anyone who did NOT travel with you– indoors & outdoors
- After travel: If there are people in the household who did not travel with you, wear a mask and ask everyone in the household to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home for 14 days after travel.
- Travelers test 1-3 days prior and 3-5 days after travel.
- The CDC now uses a 4-tier risk assessment vs the 3-tier assessment for individual countries. Most AOR countries are currently Level 4 risk.
For any questions, please refer to the HQ FAQ.
Nov. 6: Command Guidance for HQ USSOUTHCOM Staff Regarding Force Health Protection and Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) Workplace Protocols
Note: For the most updated SOUTHCOM guidance, personnel should refer to the latest messages sent via the "Alert!" notification and accountability system along with command messages via NIPR email ( CAC Access - https://web-mont05.mail.mil/ ). You can also call our COVID-19 info line at 305-437-3919.
If you have any emerging issues or concerns, notify your supervisior immediately.
MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDER
"We are taking this national emergency seriously. As we all deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, I want the SOUTHCOM team to know that we are committed to taking measures to protect our service members, civilian workforce and families while remaining mission ready. We continue to aggressively monitor the situation, and will update staff and families as soon as information becomes available. Our medical professionals continue working with the U.S. Department of Defense, other federal agencies, the Florida Department of Health and local health officials for the latest updates and ongoing mitigation response efforts. Education is critical; you can find links to the latest information here."
– Adm. Craig Faller, Commander, U.S. Southern Command.