2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 Expanding & Sustaining Operations

Last Updated: April 26, 2021
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Commanders can use the following resources to guide decisions regarding changes in Health Protection Conditions (HPCONs) and health protection measures as part of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic response. Commanders must balance force readiness with actions necessary to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 on installations and within their communities. Commanders will need to apply appropriate health protection measures to balance risks and consequences for their installations and communities.

When considering an HPCON transition, the installation Commander should evaluate the:

  • Army guidance, mission, and training priorities
  • Healthcare capacity
  • Disease epidemiology
  • Laboratory testing capability
  • Capability to implement Army Public Health prevent, detect, and respond measures

Adjusting the Dial: Guidance for Installation Risk Reduction (PDF guide) | APHC

Roadmap to Coronavirus Disease Risk Reduction in Army Training Formations (PDF guide) | APHC


Returning to the Workplace

Sustaining Workplace Operations

Best Practices and Recommendations

Returning to the Workplace

The following resources provide recommended actions for the safe re-integration of the total Army workforce (Soldiers, DA Civilians, contractors, and volunteers). Installation Commanders, Public Health Emergency Officers (PHEOs), and health departments must work together to determine which actions are needed to balance mission completion with the safety of their workforce.


 Fully Vaccinated Personnel

Personnel are not required to remain out of the workplace even if they have been in close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 if they remain asymptomatic and:

  • have waited 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,
  • have waited 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine, or
  • have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and who have recovered (FRAGO 57, MEDCOM OPORD 20-29, 192a).

Sustaining Workplace Operations

Installation Commanders and Public Health staff should adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help control workplace hazards and protect the health and safety of all personnel on their installations.

Sustaining Workplace Operations (PDF guide) | APHC

-Sustaining Workplace Operations - Building Readiness Annex | APHC


Best Practices and Recommendations


Information and resources for specific facilities and services are available at https://ephc.amedd.army.mil/HIPECatalog/searchResults.aspx?hotlist=88