COVID-19 Information July 27, 2020
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HOT 6/5/2020

Information updated: Transitioning to HPCON Bravo: see block below.

More information will be available each day.

Transitioning to HPCON Bravo

  1. First, thank you for your commitment and dedication over the last few months to ensure the safety of our community. Your efforts have made an extraordinary difference mitigating the spread of COVID-19. After assessing the current environment within the state and the local Minot area, the installation will transition to HPCON Bravo.
  2. The following limits on gatherings are effective immediately:
    1. Indoor gatherings can be up to 50% of the Fire Code capability of the facility and will continue to adhere to physical distancing requirements.
    2. Outdoor gatherings can be up to 100 individuals and will continue to adhere to physical distancing requirements.
    3. Upcoming Changes of Command will still adhere to Higher Headquarters and Protocol Office directed guidelines for gathering size.
    4. Members will use facial covering anytime physical distancing cannot be maintained. The use of facial coverings is encouraged at all times.
  3. References (b) and (c) are rescinded, effective immediately. The following guidance below outlines updated base access for non-DoD affiliated persons and retiree base access for Minot Air Force Base.
    1. Retirees: Full Access/No restrictions for using base facilities.
    2. Official base visitors will use the Gatekeeper process, with the exception of deliveries and local/routine contractors.
    3. All other base visitors:
      1. If visitors originate within the state of North Dakota and possess a North Dakota state license, no further approval is needed.
      2. Out-of-state visitors will need to be approved through their sponsor’s squadron commander. Squadron Commanders will reference a weekly list identifying high-risk areas prior to granting approval.
  4. Reference (g) is rescinded, effective immediately. Minot AFB personnel are permitted to patron bars, tanning/waxing and nail salons, tattoo/body piercing establishments, fitness centers, medispas, and massage therapy clinics. Individuals will avoid establishments that are not following North Dakota safety guidelines.
  5. The Child Development Center (CDC) and School Age Care (SAC) will continue to use a squadron commander mission-essential approval process and will expand capacity using the CDC/SAC prioritization list according to their manpower resources. Reservations are required.
  6. The Fitness Center is now open to all Minot AFB patrons. DSI hours will still be in effect for DSI personnel. Locker rooms and shower facilities within the Fitness Center are now open.
  7. Dining facilities on the installation are open to all patrons. Facilities posted as mandatory facial covering areas will enforce the use of facial coverings. The 5th Force Support Squadron will re-open services on the installation, as appropriate.
  8. Chapel services are permitted to resume under specific guidelines provided to base chaplains.
  9. All community/NAF facilities (e.g., Base Theater, Rockers) on the installation will not exceed 50% Fire Code occupancy for the maximum amount of patrons allowed inside, adhering to physical distancing guidelines.
  10. Telework/Alternate Schedule: Personnel are allowed to return to their work centers and exceptions will be approved by the Squadron Commander. Squadron Commanders will ensure COVID-19 mitigating procedures and physical distancing rules are in-place to ensure a safe environment for their personnel.
  11. Updates to the Restriction-of-Movement policy and local area travel will be addressed in a future memorandum.
  12. Continue to practice sanitization methods that we have been using these past few months, to include sanitizing high-touch areas twice per day. Airmen operating vehicles must sanitize high-touch vehicle surfaces at the beginning and end of use. Follow instructions on cleaner packaging to ensure proper sanitation and drying times.
  13. We appreciate the efforts and flexibility all of Team Minot has demonstrated during this challenging time, and we will continue to take proactive measures to keep our service members, civilians, and families safe.

References:

  1. North Dakota Smart Restart Plan, “North Dakota’s plan for a healthy recovery,” 15 May 2020
  2. [FOUO] Installation Memorandum, “Installation Entry Restrictions for non-DOD affiliated persons for Minot Air Force Base,” 18 March 2020 – RESCINDED
  3. [FOUO] Installation Memorandum, “Mitigating COVID-19 through Limited Base Access,” 4 April 2020 RESCINDED
  4. State of North Dakota Amended Confinement Order, “State Health Officer Confinement Order Relating to Disease Control Measures to Prevent the Spread of 2019-nCov/COVID-19 Pursuant to North Dakota Century Code 23-01-05(12) Order # 2020-02.2, 8 May 2020
  5. [FOUO] FRAGORD 01 to AFSTRAT/AFGSC EXORD 20-01, “AFSTRAT/AFGSC COVID-19 Response and Mitigation,” 21 May 2020
  6. Secretary of Defense Memorandum, “Transition to Conditions-based Phased Approach to Coronavirus Disease 2019 Personnel Movement and Travel Restrictions,” 22 May 2020
  7. [FOUO] Installation Memorandum, “Reopening Guidance,” 1 May 2020 – RESCINDED

Postponed Events

So far, no new dates have been set for the following events:

  • Prairie Warrior Auction, 19 March 2020
  • ALS Class 20-C Graduation, 26 March 2020
  • Winter Games, 27 March 2020
  • 1st Sgt. Offsite, 30 March - 3 April 2020
  • SAPR Ruck March, 10 April 2020
  • Spouse Tour, 15 April 2020

Cancelled events

  • All mass-gathering events with over 100 people, Until Further Notice
  • MAC Lunches, Until Further Notice
  • Base Tours, Until Further Notice
  • Right Start, Until Further Notice

Base Services

*Current as of: 7/28/20 @ 12:08 pm*

As we move out of HPCON Charlie, we will try to update this list as information becomes available.

Always check with the service or location for the most up to date and accurate real time information. 

Downtown Businesses (Link)

Schools and Childcare

  • Minot K-12 Schools: Closed [on and off base]
  • School Age Care and Child Development Center: Reservations only, call 701-723-2838
  • Youth Center School Age Program and Annex: Open 6:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Open recreation and Teen Center: Closed
  • Youth sport & instructional classes: Cancelled

5th Medical Group

  • Patients are no longer allowed inside the facility without an appointment.
    • Call 723-5633 to schedule an appointment.
    • Each phone number is also located below with more information regarding their services.
  • Pharmacy: 723-5293
    • Curb-side pickup open Mon-Fri, 8 am to 4:30 pm (Lunch 12:30 to 1:00 pm)
    • Pickup location located in Southeast corner of MDG building
    • Call Pharmacy 1 hour before desired pickup time.
    • Prescriptions from off-base providers need to be submitted electronically. No hard-copies.
  • Bio: 723-5151
  • Lab: 723-5338
  • Radiology: 723-5316
  • Outpatient Records: 723-5001
  • Patient Travel: Email them here (link).

AADD -- Services have resumed.

AAFES 

  • Face covering REQUIRED in all locations.
  • Barbershop: OPEN
  • Stylique Salon: OPEN
  • Main Store:
    • Mon-Sat, 9 am to 6 pm
    • Sun, 10 am to 6 pm
  • Taco Bell, Popeye's Chicken and Charlie's Steakery
    • Mon-Fri, 10:30 am to 6 pm
    • Sat-Sun, 11 am to 5 pm
  • Subway
    • Mon-Fri, 7 am to 6 pm
    • Sat, 8 am to 5 pm
    • Sun 9 am to 5 pm
  • Real Time Theater - CLOSED
  • Burger King; Sun - CLOSED
    • Mon-Fri, 6:30 am to 5 pm
    • Sat, 11 am to 5 pm
  • MCS & the Express - Normal operating hours

Airman & Family Readiness Center - OPEN

Chapel

Commissary 

  • Open - face covering REQUIRED.
  • 100% ID check in effect - no visitors allowed.
  • Disabled veterans with VHIC cards will still be allowed to shop only Wed and Sun.
  • Children under 10 do not need IDs to shop with their parents.
  • No more early-bird hours, 8 to 9 am reserved for "alert force"
    • Mission essential personnel
  • For more information, visit this website.
  • The following items are rationed to no more than 2 items per family per day:
    • Toilet Paper
    • Paper Towels
    • Antibacterial gels, wipes, hand soap and bleach
    • Tissues
    • Fresh chicken, beef, pork and turkey
    • Milk
    • Eggs
    • Rice

Dining Facilities 

  • DFAC - OPEN
  • Rocker's Bar and Grill -- OPEN
  • Bomber Bistro - OPEN
  • Lil' Riders -- CLOSED
  • Kelley's Place -- OPEN
  • For more 5th FSS information, visit their website here.

Dorm Management

  • All routine work orders must be placed via phone or email
  • All emergency work orders must be placed by phone (use after hours number is outside duty hours)
  • Office will remain open
    • Mon-Fri, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Email - 5CESUHM@us.af.mil
  • Phones:
    • 701-723-7284 -- x1300 -- x7845 -- x7843
    • After Hours Number: 701-340-5778
  • Inbound Amn Sponsors: Sponsors will be required to reserve a room one week prior to Amn’s arrival. In order to reserve a room, we require the inbound Amn’s Name, Rank, Sq, Arrival Date and their DOD ID #. Keys for inbound Amn will be released one duty day prior to their arrival. In-processing is a mandatory appointment and will occur Tuesday and Thursday at 0900 and 1430 in bldg. 221, 2nd floor dayroom.
  • ‚ÄčDorm Residents approved to move off base: Dorm Out-Processing briefings will be Mon/Wed/Fri @ 1500 in bldg. 221, 2nd floor dayroom.  

5th Comptroller Squadron (Finance, etc.)

  • **For All Finance Pay Inquiries** visit the Comptroller Services Portal at: usaf.dps.mil/teams/saffmCSP/portal/ (CAC-enabled device required)
  • No walk-ins; appointment only between 8:30 am to 3 pm
  • Members separating or retiring will be called to reschedule as an individual appointment
  • PCS'g members
    • Will be seen at the Welcome Center, while it remains open
    • Those coming from Level 2 or 3 areas will process after release from ROM
    • If an ETP has been granted and outprocessing has been authorized, please contact our Customer Service via email or phone
      • Dedicated Appointment lines - 701-723-2468

Legal Office

  • Maximized Teleworking -- new office hours:
    • Mon-Fri, 9 am to 11 am; 701-723-3026
    • To reach the Legal Office outside of current hours, contact your Squadron Leadership or First Sgt.
  • Appointments are prioritized for mission essential requirements.
  • Thursday Walk-in Legal Assistance (Attorney Advice) - CLOSED
  • Legal Assistance/ Will Appointments -- Call for appointment.
  • Article 137 briefings -- 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month @ 9 am.
  • Notary/Powers of Attorney services -- Call for appointment.
  • Tax Center -- Mon-Fri, 8:30 am to 3 pm; Call 701-723-4165 for appointment.

Library - OPEN

  • "Take Out Library" available:
    • Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
    • Friday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Sat 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Call 701-723-3344, email mafblibrary@gmail.com, or message their Facebook page.
  • Online category (link)
  • Returns can be placed in the return box in front of the building.
  • More information can be found in the Take-Out Library Q&A Module on this page.

Lodging - OPEN

McAdoo Fitness Center - OPEN!

  • Call Fitness Center at 723-2145 for most up to date information. 

Military Housing Office

Military Personnel Flight 

  • By appointment only, no walk-in
  • All final-out appointments cancelled until Stop Movement ends (12 May 2020)
  • SkillBridge Program applicants may not participate until after Stop Movement ends

Northstar Credit Union - OPEN

Public Affairs Studio - OPEN

Rough Rider Golf Course - Open with restrictions (link).

TMO Household Goods Office

  • No walk-ins
  • Call 701-723-4191 or x1848 during normal business hours.

Veterinarian's Office 

  • Limiting appointments.
  • Call 701-723-6449 during normal duty hours for questions.
  • More information can be found in the Pets module on this page.

 

Contact Info

Minot AFB

  • Medical Appointments: 701-723-5633
  • Public Health: 701-723-5204
  • TRICARE Service Cntr: 1-844-866-9378

Other Numbers:

  • Emergency: 911
  • 24hr Nurse Advice Line: 1-800-874-2273
  • North Dakota Department of Health hotline (Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.): 866-207-2880

Social Media:

Facebook.com/5thMedicalGroup

Useful Websites:

We recommended users to download the Team Minot Mobile App to stay up to date with COVID-19 News, as well as have easy access to Minot AFB information and a current number directory.

Take-Out Library Q&A

Online Services:

  • The library will step up advertising existing online library services and add the following elements:
  • Links to free online resources and creditable COVID-19 information
  • Links and subscription information to digital escape room games
  • Livestreaming story time programs
  • Livestreaming or recording and posting instructional videos for craft club

Computer Reservation System:

  • Because many Airmen do not have access to the internet at work or at home, the library would like to be able to provide emergency computer access.
  • Computer users reserve one of 5 computers in the library that are sufficiently geographically separated to allow social distancing via e-mail or phone.
  • The library staff wipes down the computer between users.
  • Computer users and library staff maintain strict social distancing
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Borrowers contact the library staff via e-mail (mafblibrary@gmail.com), phone (701-723-3344), or Facebook and can either specify titles as found on the library catalog (https://accc.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/minot/), provide preferences (ex. 8 picture books about animals or 5 martial arts DVDs), or even fill out a short questionnaire so that the library staff can select recommended items.

Borrowers also provide a time when they can pick up the materials and if they want to pick them up in lobby or have them brought out to the parking lot (the later requires the ability to call upon arrival). The library staff prepares the materials, checks them out in the system, puts them in a bag, labels the bag with the borrowers name, and either puts them out in the lobby at the specified time or brings them out to the parking lot as arranged and place the bag on the hood of the vehicle.

Borrowers can also provide contact info and indicate if they want an extended check-out period (to support those in the missile field).

Those who want to register for a library card may provide their information over the phone.  The Library staff will enter the information into a computer, and check ID through a window and obtain a signature by placing the form on the windshield when the items are picked up.

The library staff will create craft kits for temporary circulation to add to existing materials (books, audiobooks, movies, TV, music, board games, video games, STEAM kits, and literacy kits).Both checkout limits and loan periods will be flexible except in regards to new DVDs

For now, the library staff will work normal hours to facilitate this and other services, prepare for the Summer Reading Program, perform regular library activities such as collection development, and clean/organize the library.

Questions?

Have a question that wasn't answered? Email us at minot.covid.tips@us.af.mil or message us through the Contact Us tab.