U.S. Army Europe and Africa has published General Admin Message # 2201011, effective 13 January. These policy updates govern DoD personnel on and off installation, but it is incumbent upon everyone to understand host nation policies that apply off installations.
Isolation requirements for those testing positive:
Regardless of vaccination status and in alignment with recent CDC guidance, DoD personnel who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate for FIVE calendar days. Day ‘ZERO’ is the day the sample was provided. Provided the person is symptom free for 24 hours, there is no test out requirement from isolation.
HOWEVER, those personnel recovered from COVID-19 must wear a mask for an additional FIVE days as a precautionary measure, to include those places where mask wearing is not required by other DoD guidance.
Quarantine requirements for those identified as primary contacts:
All asymptomatic personnel with potential exposure (i.e. close contact) with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 are required to quarantine for FIVE days. Testing is NOT required to exit quarantine, provided the person has had no symptoms in the past 24 hours.
Exemptions to quarantine:
- Age 18 and older and have received all recommended vaccine does, including available boosters.
- Ages 5-17 and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Previously confirmed COVID-19 positive within the last 90 days and documented as Recovered.
Close contacts must continue to wear a mask around others during their FIVE-day quarantine, and an additional FIVE-days thereafter. Personnel exempted from quarantine must still wear a mask around others for the TEN-day period.
For reference, the definition of close contact is “someone who was less than SIX feet away from an infected person (confirmed by laboratory test or clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period).
Speak with your chain of command immediately if you experience symptoms, have been in close contact with someone who tests positive, or are unsure of current guidance. Continue to practice social distancing, wear of masks in accordance with SRO and host-nation policy.