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HOT: Negative COVID-19 PCR test required for all arriving USFK Personnel

From the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, effective Friday, January 8, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. (KST), all foreign passengers arriving in the Republic of Korea (ROK) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of their departure; airlines will not board passengers without this negative PCR test result.

USFK is working with the Korean Government for clarification how this applies to USFK, but until additional information is provided, all USFK and component command travelers to South Korea must adhere to this ROK directive and obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their departure.

Personnel are advised to consult their airline regarding updated information about their travel plans and/or restrictions. Further information about COVID-19 conditions and regulations in the ROK are available on the U.S. embassy's COVID-19 website.

See the following link for additional information regarding the US Embassy health and travel alert:

 

If you are having difficulty finding a PCR testing site in your area, please contact your leadership ASAP for options.

CURRENT HEALTH PROTECTION CONDITION

RESOURCES AT OSAN

Medical Appointment Line:
 DSN: 784-DOCS
Comm: 050-5784-3627

ER After Hours:
DSN: 784-2500
Comm: 050-5784-2500

Public Health:
DSN: 784-4494
Comm: 050-5784-4494

COVID Command Center:
 DSN: 784-0198
Comm: 050-5784-0198

Novel Coronavirus Facts

The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The novel coronavirus is a new virus and part of a large group of viruses that infect people and while normally causing a mild respiratory disease - such as the common cold - it can potentially be deadly. Signs and symptoms of this coronavirus illness include fever, cold spells, cough, difficulty breathing, chills and muscle pains. Be advised that this is cold and flu season, and the coronavirus shares similar symptoms to both these illnesses.

  • Person-to-person spreads mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.
  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
  • Vaccines are in development and in limited supplies with few treatment options available
  • Recovery for average healthy adult is 7-14 days
  • Greatest risk is to elderly or those who have complicated medical problems, but long term effects are noted in 20% in young adults

 

Preventive Measure Tips/Guidelines:

Follow HPCON measures and core tenets: Protect Yourself, Protect the Bubble and Protect Others.

 

However, if you are feeling sick or ill, do not come to work, STAY HOME, and follow the below guidelines:

  • Contact your chain of command immediately.
  • Call the Medical Appointment line at 0505-784-DOCS or the ER for afterhours at 0505-785-2500
  • Seek US medical care/treatment if you are feeling sick, experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing; be sure to call ahead to the medical clinic to advise them of recent travels and current symptoms.
  • Wear a surgical mask or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Perform routine cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace - doorknobs, countertops, desks, refrigerators, keyboards, remote controls, etc. - with disposable wipes; additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is not needed.
  • Avoid nonessential travel
  • Avoid travel or contact with others while sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.

 

Quarantine Directions:

  • If you are sick STAY HOME! Contact your chain of command immediately.
  • Clearance: Your First Sergeant will submit your name to Public Health. Do not leave home until cleared.
  • Food: Work through your Chain of Command.
  • Pets: Walk as necessary. Do not contact others.
  • Mail: Contact Post Office to designate someone to receive mail on your behalf by emailing 51FSS.FSVP.OsanPostOffice@us.af.mil

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COVID-19 FAQs

Review some of our Frequently asked question in relation to HPCON Guidelines.

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Feel free to call the Medical Appointment line at 050-5784-DOCS. This is available …a.m. to …p.m., Monday through Friday and for afterhours call the Emergency Room at 050-5784-2500.

If you're at a Korean Hospital and need language interpretation services, call Tricare's 24/7  at 080-429-0880, select option 1 and ask for an interpreter.

If the current HPCON requires you to obtain a ETP, please reach out to your/your spouse's chain of command for ETP submission guidelines. Please note that an O-6 or civilian equivalent is required for ETP approval.

Please view the Osan COVID-19 Dashboard ***Link to below information*** for information on the current status of the facilities.

Please look at the Osan COVID-19 Dashboard ***Link to below information***  and at the USFK COVID Tracker Map **Link to map above*** to see if certain activities/locations are allowed. Green are activities that are allowed where red are events not allowed during this time frame. If you have a question about a specific activity/location or are unsure if it is authorized or not authorized, please reach out to your/your spouse's chain of command for approval. Note: an ETP approved by an O-6 or civilian equivalent may be required.

Bubble-to-bubble travel means that you are traveling from one installation to another or from your home to your workplace/installation. Check the current HPCON guideline on the Osan COVID-19 Dashboard ***Link to below information*** to know if the bubble-to-bubble travel is authorized.

All USFK associated personnel (Service Members, Family Members, Civilian Employees, Contractors, and Retirees) wanting to quarantine at a location other than a dedicated quarantine facility must have a "Quarantine Action Plan" signed by an O-6 or civilian equivalent from their Korea based military unit or civilian organization. Retirees are authorized to sign for themselves and their family members. Arriving personnel, which reside in the immediate area, after providing a sample for their first COVID test will be released to their unit/organization’s representative provided they have a signed "Quarantine Action Plan". Osan is authorized to hold arriving personnel that do not reside in the immediate area until after the results of the first COVID test are returned. Visitors without one of the following documents: CAC, A-3 Visa/Immigration Card, SOFA verification Stamp, will follow ROK government procedures on arrival.

Click here to download a sample Quarantine Action Plan ***Link to Document***

A visitor, even if they have a military ID card, are required to follow ROK guidelines in regards to quarantine as they are utilizing a Visitor visa. Please visit the U.S. Embassy's Website for current guidelines regarding ROK quarantine.

If you do not see your question answered on this page, please reach out to your/your spouse's chain of command for further guidance.

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Osan's Facebook Osan's Instagram Camp Humphrey's Facebook


Also make sure to keep an eye on higher headquarters social media and website for up-to-date messages and information about COPVID-19.

USFK's Facebook USFK's Twitter PACAF's Facebook DOD COVID Updates

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