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Team Minot Information

Recent News:
5/20/2020: More Local Area Guidance updated (see Travel Information block)
5/1/2020: Local Area Guidance updated
4/10/2020: North Dakota DOH releases Amended Confinement Order
4/8/2020: Five Minutes to Thrive: Loser of the World: UNITE! 
4/6/2020: Team Minot Strong: Barbershop and Salon Closure
3/31/2020: The Choice is Yours
3/25/2020: Minot AFB changes to HPCON Charlie
3/19/2020: Team Minot Strong
3/18/2020: Confirmed COVID-19 Case on Minot Air Force Base
3/17/2020: Spiritual connection & COVID-19
3/13/2020: Minot AFB event schedule changes
3/12/2020: Top 10 things Minot leadership wants you to know
3/12/2020: Presumptive confirmed COVID-19 case in Ward County

Face Coverings are required on installation if you are unable to maintain a six foot distance from others in public areas or work centers. See guidance below.

Inbound service members and families coming from a country that has a Level 3 Travel Health Notice as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, must reach out to their unit’s Commander, Superintendent or First Sergeant prior to arrival to Minot Air Force Base for additional reporting instructions.

We are working with our local officials to ensure the safety and security of service members, family, and community members. We continue to address all medical concerns as they arise and work with our medical professionals to keep you informed as the situation develops.

For more information on cases in the states, visit the CDC website.

Spiritual Connection and COVID-19

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Minot: What You Want to Know

Below are the questions that we have routed through leadership for answers. If you submitted a question through social media, check back later to see if it has been answered. If you have any new questions, email us at minot.covid.tips@us.af.mil or message us through the Contact Us tab.

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A1. Yes, the positive COVID-19 case on base is reflective in the state-wide total amount. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings. We are in this together and we will continue to be MINOTSTRONG!

A2. Due to the privacy of an individual, Team Minot will not release specific information of an individual or where they have been. Over the last week, the base has implemented measures across the installation to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect our Airman and families. The measures include: social distancing, limit social gatherings to 10 personnel or less, cancel services, started carry out procedures for our food service facilities, heightened cleaning procedures in our high use facilities and a myriad of other measures. Our Public Affairs office provides updates and guidance daily through social media platforms to educate and inform the population on our current status. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings. We are in this together and we will continue to be MINOTSTRONG!

A3. Vendors are still able to access base to ensure our commissary stays stocked. In the event this changes, our Public Affairs office provides updates and guidance daily through social media platforms to educate and inform the population on our current status. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings.

A4. Currently the commissary has worked to resupply the shelves over the next week. The commissary is taking necessary measures, limiting the purchase of high demand household items to ensure all families have the supplies they need. In the event this changes, our Public Affairs office provides updates and guidance daily through social media platforms to educate and inform the population on our current status. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings.

Update 3/25/2020: The Commissary has enacted a limit of no more than 2 items per family per day on the following items: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Antibacterial gels, wipes, hand soap and bleach, Tissues, Fresh chicken, beef, pork and turkey, Milk, Eggs, and Rice.

A5. Yes, the Wing Commanders have taken the appropriate action to ensure sustainment of the mission through alternate duty and telework schedules. In the event this changes, our Public Affairs office provides updates and guidance daily through social media platforms to educate and inform the population on our current status. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members.

A6. The Wing Commanders report all positive COVID-19 cases to Air Force senior leadership. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings.

A7. The Wing Commanders report all positive COVID-19 cases to Air Force and State Public Health. In addition to notifying Public Health, the public is notified through social media platforms. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings.

A8. The Wing Commanders report all positive COVID-19 cases to the Air Force and State Public Health. In addition to notifying public health, the public is notified through social media platforms. No positive cases will be withheld from the public. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings.

A9. Team Minot Leadership has taken aggressive measure to minimize the COVID-19 spread throughout the community. I will continue to partner with local and state authorities to monitor the situation closely with regular updates. The team is currently postured to implement further restrictions if necessary and we have developed an aggressive Public Affairs campaign to communicate with our Commanders, Chiefs, First Sergeants and the local community. I can make you one promise, that we are using all our resources and taking the appropriate measures to protect our Airmen and Families. In addition, for personnel that have been infected, our medical community will guarantee they receive the best care and ensure quarantine to help further deter the spread. I want to thank everyone in the community for the precautions they are taking as we are MINOTSTRONG!

A10. Per AFGSC/CC guidance, military members will restrict travel and exposure, to the maximum extent possible, to and from work and home, and to establishments suppling basic lifestyle needs (food, gas and water supplies), while avoiding locations where 10 or more people can congregate that do not afford social distancing ROEs. If a member is a Person Under Investigation or in a Restriction of Movement status, we expect them to adhere to the isolation requirements for the safety of the force. In the event measures change, our Public Affairs office provides updates and guidance daily through social media platforms to educate and inform the population on our current status. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings. We are in this together and we will continue to be MINOTSTRONG!

A11. At this time our commissary plan is to operate within normal hours. In the event this changes, our Public Affairs office provides updates and guidance daily through social media platforms to educate and inform the population on our current status. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings. We are in this together and we will continue to be MINOTSTRONG!

A12. HPCON consists of five categories: Zero, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie or Delta. HPCON B+ includes some measures from HPCON Charlie. In the event the HPCON level changes, our Public Affairs office provides updates and guidance daily through social media platforms to educate and inform the population on our current status. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings. We are in this together and we will continue to be MINOTSTRONG!

A13. At this time Minot AFB is under public health emergency conditions where all military members are to restrict travel and exposure to the maximum extent possible (i.e. to/from work and home, supplying lifestyle needs, and avoiding contacts of threatened exposure). Flying up to Minot could possibly expose the military member. It is not advised to travel at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

A14. At this time, the Barber Shop is not scheduled to close. We are expecting longer wait times to ensure social distancing ROEs are followed. In the event this changes, our Public Affairs office provides updates and guidance daily through social media platforms to educate and inform the population on our current status.

A15. Our Public Affairs office provides updates and guidance daily through social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and the Team Minot App)  to educate and inform the population on our current status. Team Minot Leadership will continue to do everything we can to take care of our members. We ask the population to continue social distancing, strict hygiene measures and refrain from attending any public gatherings. We are in this together and we will continue to be MINOTSTRONG!

A16. Installation access is restricted to mission essential personnel, dependents, DoD retirees, Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) holders, and non-military affiliated personnel who reside in base housing. Mission essential personnel are defined as Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and DoD civilian personnel who are assigned to the 5 BW or to the 91 MW or Minot AFB Tenant organizations, as well as contractors employed to work on the installation and/or to provide commercial delivery services to the installation. ALL other non-DoD affiliated personnel are restricted from entering Minot AFB. All Minot moving companies are contracted and will continue to have access to the installation. 

Our Public Affairs office provides updates and guidance daily through social media platforms to educate and inform the population on our current status. 

A17. At this time, the 45 mile leave radius restriction is in effect indefinitely until further guidance is delivered. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but our number one priority is the health and safety of our Airmen and their families.

A18. At this time, please practice safe hygiene procedures and actions.  For all our Team Minot members, wash your hands, avoid gatherings over 10 people, stay 6 feet away from others, stay home if you aren’t feeling well, military members stay within a 45 mile radius of Minot AFB. We have encouraged family members to follow these measures as well. Team Minot is not directing quarantine for family members who work in downtown clinics or at the hospital, we recommend you take the proper hygiene measures, social distancing ROEs and wipe down items before and after you use them. If your military member has symptoms of COVID-19 they are required to take the necessary measures put in place. Please contact the 5th Medical Group for further direction.

A19. At this time, high traffic areas are cleaned twice daily, seven days a week. High traffic areas include the dayroom common areas, stair railings, entrance/exit door handles, and public light switches. Our disinfection procedures do not include common areas shared by suitemates as dorm residents are required to clean their shared personal space.

A20. At this time, Bomber Bistro is open until 2100 and there are boxed meals at the DFAC. The boxed meals can be ordered anytime between 0600-1800 and need to be picked up by 1900. The Shoppette is also open 24/7. 

A21. At this time, the Air Force grooming standards have remained unchanged.

A22. Yes, personnel are able to buy and deliver groceries to Airmen who are quarantined. The personnel delivering groceries must leave the groceries outside the Airmen’s door to prevent any contact with the quarantined individual.

A23. At this time, grocery stores are unable to get on base to personally deliver groceries to Airmen. Airmen who are not quarantined are able to use curbside pick-up at participating grocery stories.

A24. This question would be able to be answered more appropriately by your leadership as there is a certain level of OPSEC associated with current missions.  Please follow-up with your leadership for more information.

A25. At this time, the CDC is requesting the letter to be brought to them on Monday, however you should still make reservations with the CDC by Thursday.

Current HPCON level

HPCON Bravo Transition

Travel Information

UPDATE: With the transition to HPCON Bravo on June 5, 2020, Team Minot leadership is working on new local area guidance. Stay tuned for the release soon.

As of May 20, 2020, Minot AFB Leadership have further extended the local area for Active Duty Airmen to include additional authorization for the following areas: Teddy Roosevelt National Park, Medora and Devil's Lake. 

May 1st guidance allowed Minot AFB Personnel travel for up to 1 hour from their primary residence, as well as Lake Sakakawea, Lake Metigoshe/Turtle Mountain (US side), and Lake Audubon.

Visit the Base Services and Event Updates tab to see the recent HPCON Bravo updates for allowed/prohibited locations.

The North Dakota DOH released an Amended Confinement Order April 8, 2020. Check it out here. 

All Department of Defense service members, civilians and their family members will stop all official travel through June 30th, 2020.

Current restricted travel information can be found on the CDC website here, or on the Dept. of State travel site here.

Fitness Assessment Testing

Exempt from PT Testing through COVID-19? Check out the Official Physical Fitness testing matrix to figure out when you are next due.

Fitness Testing will resume in October 2020 unless further guidance is published.

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.

Social media

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Civilian and Veterans

Civilian employee COVID-19 Updates can be found on their website here. Common Questions have been answered in this attached document.

Veteran-specific COVID-19 Updates can be found on their website here.

The Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices are closed for walk-ins. For more information, call 1-800-827-1000 or visit their inquiry website.

Pets

To protect your health, the veterinarian is limiting clinic appointments. Appointments will be canceled one week ahead as necessary. When HPCON decreases to Alpha, we will contact all canceled appointments to take care of you and your pet.

We are still available by phone, (701)-723-6449, during regular business hours. For more information, click on any of the below options:

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  • Positive SARS-COV-2 testing has been confirmed in 1 cat in China, 1 cat in Belgium and 3 cats in the US as of April 29, 2020. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • There is currently no evidence that suggests pets can be a source of COVID-19 infection for people.
  • Routine SARS-CoV-2 testing in animals is not recommended at this time by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

 

  • Don't let pets interact with other people or animals outside the home.
  • Keep cats indoors when possible.
  • Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 ft between others.
  • Avoid dog parks or public places where other people and pets gather.
  • Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, kissing, and sharing food, dishes, towels or bedding.
  • Designate a family member to provide care. Please do not abandon your pet.
  • If you must care for your pet, wear a cloth mask face covering and wash your hands before and after contact.
  • 2 weeks of food and medications
  • Medical Records
  • Basic care & fitness items
  • Comfort items

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.