A message from the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Our air station community, like the rest of the local community and the nation, is experiencing an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in the past month. The health and safety of the people and families on this air station is paramount to us being able to train and be ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.
We need to adhere to the basic rules that have been set in place and practice personal discipline: wear your mask, social distance, practice good hygiene, and stay at home when you are sick. We must support COVID-19 efforts by enforcing the disciplined execution of individual and organizational disease prevention measures. We must have the moral courage to do the right thing at every level, even when it is hard, so that we can continue to make mission and keep each other safe. In order to avoid moving backward to the restrictions and/or increase in HPCON levels that we experienced last year, we cannot be complacent and we cannot continue down our current path.
Additionally, approved COVID-19 vaccines remain one of the most powerful tools available to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and have consistently shown effectiveness in mitigating the severity and spread of disease. Vaccines continue to be available at the MCAS Beaufort medical clinic. To schedule an appointment, call 843-228-6073. The overwhelming majority of current cases are in unvaccinated personnel. Do your part to keep our team ready and the people around you out of harm’s way by getting vaccinated.
If we work together as a team through our own individual action, we can end this current spike quickly and continue on our path toward more normal operations.
Col Karl R. Arbogast
Commanding Officer, MCAS Beaufort
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*****NEW COVID-19 FACE COVERING POLICY*****
COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the country. Local communities, the surrounding counties, and MCAS Beaufort are experiencing high community transmission and positive case rates due to the surging Delta variant of COVID. Current data indicates that those infected with the Delta variant experience higher viral loads and are more contagious than those infected with other strains.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials continue to stress that the current surge impacts the unvaccinated portion of the population most significantly. Evidence continues to support the safety and effectiveness of Emergency Use Authorization vaccines as they provide protection against the variants circulating in the United States. The overwhelming majority of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths occur in those who remain unvaccinated. If you would like to get the vaccine, contact the MCAS Beaufort Branch Medical Clinic by phone at 843-228-6073 for an appointment.
Per updated DoD guidance in areas of substantial or high community transmission, ALL PERSONNEL – vaccinated and unvaccinated – are required to wear a mask in indoor settings on installations. This applies to all service members, dependents/beneficiaries (retirees), federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors entering installation facilities.
No later than 0800 Monday, August 2, new signage will be in place at MCAS Beaufort facilities with the following protocols in effect:
Face coverings are MANDATORY when entering any facility including, but not limited to:
- Medical/Dental Facility
- Mess Hall
- All MCCS Facilities (MCX, CDC, food venues)
- Fitness Center
- Operational Spaces
Face coverings are NOT required for people who:
- Have health issues preventing the wearing of a face covering
- Are under the age of 2 (per CDC guidelines)
- Are actively eating or drinking
Operational exceptions will be published through the chain of command.
Signs are required to be posted at all installation facilities and can be picked up at the COMMSTRAT Photo Studio (Bldg 596) by building managers.
We continue to recommend adherence to the 3W’s – wash your hands, wait 6 feet apart for social distancing, and wear your mask. Any personnel with COVID-like/flu-like symptoms should stay home from work and seek additional information from their healthcare providers. Personnel awaiting COVID test results should stay home and isolate themselves from others.
For the most current official information and resources, visit the CDC COVID-19 website at: https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19