On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. On Jan. 31, 2020, the secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in the United States and announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The current pandemic, which originated in mainland China, has demonstrated the capacity of COVID-19 to spread globally. While supporting other government agencies’ response to the COVID-19 threat, the Department of the Air Force is responding appropriately to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness.
Total Force service members and their families continue to have access to the base to use available services such as the Commissary and Exchange. The Commander of Air Combat Command has issued priorities aimed at limited the spread of COVID-19, preserving force readiness and preserving the health and welfare of service members, civilian employees, their families and the local communities in which we live. In line with that direction, the installation commander has deemed selected on-base services as safe and necessary to the Nellis Community. Those services are carefully monitored and supervised to ensure physical spacing while including additional, stringent cleaning procedures to protect our Airmen and families. We are only able to offer these on-base services as long as it is safe to do so. Please exercise your best judgment and exercise social distancing practices when deciding to take part in them, and do not use them if you aren’t feeling well.
As a reminder, the State of Nevada has issued a Stay at Home directive, as such, similar off-base activities remain off limits and travel off base should be limited those of household necessity.
This was a difficult decision but it is a temporary one that we made to address an extraordinary situation. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work stop the spread of COVID-19.
A: Nellis Air Force Base leaders declared a Public Health Emergency on April 3, 2020, and the base remains in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie.
A: Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, access to Nellis Air Force Base is restricted to mission essential personnel and those who live on base. Active Duty, Guard and Reserve personnel and their dependents may also access the base to use available essential services. Retirees requiring medications from the satellite pharmacy will be allowed to access the base through April 10, 2020. These measures are in accordance with the declaration of a Public Health Emergency, CDC guidelines, and are comparable to measures other public service agencies have in place currently.
A: Please call ahead and verify prior to attending. This is an ever-evolving situation and previously-planned schedules may have shifted.
A: The hospital will remain open to all beneficiaries, including retirees, for emergencies and required appointments.
A: The best option during this time is to switch your prescriptions to home delivery. You can get up to a 90-day supply of most medications. Copayments apply.
If you have a medication supply of 14 days or less, you may want to switch to a retail network pharmacy. You can get up to a 90-day supply of most medications. Copayments apply. Please check with your network pharmacy provider about medication availability and copayments.
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A: The medical center no longer permits visitors. Exceptions will be made for one legal guardian to accompany pediatric patients, one adult visitor for women in labor, and extenuating circumstances. All visitors must pass a health screening before entering the facility.
A: Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, access to Nellis Air Force Base is restricted to mission essential personnel and those who live on base. Active Duty, Guard and Reserve personnel and their dependents may also access the base to use available essential services, such as the Commissary and Exchange.
A: The Nellis Air Force Base mission builds readiness for the entire U.S. Air Force. The conduct of the Weapons School, training Joint Terminal Air Controllers, facilitating Red and Green Flag exercises, and weapons system testing directly impacts our ability to be successful in current combat operations. Our work is essential to the continued defense of our Nation and we cannot stop moving forward. However, mission tasks and operations have been prioritized. We’ve delayed numerous tests and routine events, and we’re focusing on modifying shifts to safely and smartly produce missions while adjusting to this new way of doing business.
A: The Nellis Air Force Base mission of advanced operational testing, tactics and training has not stopped while we work to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We’re implementing social distancing, but there are some mission areas where it isn’t always possible. There have been adjustments to our flying operations in light of closures within Nevada and in accordance with the DoD Stop Movement guidance, as well as to aid in the base’s efforts to implement social distancing. Nellis AFB leadership continues to evaluate its operations in the context of this evolving public health concern and we will adjust our operations as dictated by the situation.
A: Cases of beneficiaries of the 99th Medical Group are reported through the Southern Nevada Health District. Since Southern Nevada Health District is the authoritative local source of COVID-19 numbers, in order to avoid confusion, please visit their page for the latest: https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus#cases.
A: Update March 27: The individual who was feeling ill yesterday has tested negative for influenza and COVID-19. We are proud of the actions taken yesterday by Child Development Center III to assure the health and safety of our Airmen and families.
An individual in the Nebraska Room of Nellis Air Force Base’s Child Development Center III went home ill March 26. The individual left the center immediately upon not feeling well and is seeking medical care. The base has made the necessary notifications to those who may have been in close contact with the individual.
Nellis AFB continues to follow Centers for Disease Prevention and Control guidelines, including implementing extensive sanitation standards, and is committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of our Airmen and families.
A: On April 1, we were notified a parent of a child in one of the rooms of Nellis Air Force Base’s Child Development Center (CDC) III tested positive for COVID-19. Neither the parent nor the child have been in CDC III since March 24, when they were tested. We laud the efforts of individuals who keep themselves and their children home when someone in their family is sick and appreciate the notification from this family. The base has made the necessary notifications to those who may have been in close contact with the individual. The room is now closed for thorough deep cleaning and will only re-open after Public Health approval.
Nellis AFB continues to follow Centers for Disease Prevention and Control guidelines, including implementing extensive sanitation standards, and we are committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of our Airmen and families.
A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a guide on staying safe here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html
A: Active Duty, Guard and Reserve service members and their families, and essential personnel who are authorized patrons continue to have access to the base to use available services such as the Commissary and Exchange. The Commander of Air Combat Command has issued priorities aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, preserving force readiness and preserving the health and welfare of service members, civilian employees, their families and the local communities in which we live. In line with that direction, the installation commander has deemed selected on-base services as safe and necessary to the Nellis Community. Those services are carefully monitored and supervised to ensure physical spacing while including additional, stringent cleaning procedures to protect our Airmen and families. We are only able to offer these on-base services as long as it is safe to do so. Please exercise your best judgment and exercise social distancing practices when deciding to take part in them, and do not use them if you aren’t feeling well.
A: All personnel should stay home if they are feeling sick. Military personnel coordinate through the chain of command. Civilian and Contractor employees should follow prescribed processes. Commanders, supervisors and patients may call 702-653-CARE and press option 9 to be directed to a medical professional who can answer general questions related to the COVID-19 virus.
A: According to Centers for Disease Control guidelines, only individuals with risk factors for COVID-19 exposure should be tested at this time. Any individual (yourself, persons living with you, or persons visiting you) meeting the following criteria should notify their commander who will contact 99 MDG Public Health to determine whether they need to be tested:
- Travel to China, Iran, Korea or Europe in the past 14 days
- Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
- Close contact with someone returning from these countries/regions in the past 14 days
- Cruise ship travel worldwide in the past 14 days
A: For patients who received the COVID-19/Coronavirus test at the Mike O'Callaghan Military Medical Center: Primary Care Providers will call members if the test is positive, and medical staff members will call members if the test is negative.
A: Nellis Residents may still travel on and off base as outlined in guidelines from the State of Nevada and Air Combat Command for items of household necessity. Such examples include, traveling to work if you are an essential employee of an essential service, to gather groceries or takeout food, necessary medical care, and physical activity (such as running, jogging, biking or hiking). The Commissary & Exchange are still open. Please continue to practice social distancing (6 feet) and avoid those who do not live in your immediate residence.
Information about Nevada’s Stay at Home Directive may be found here.
A: There are numerous companies performing contracts for Nellis AFB. Some of these companies have already implemented their own internal procedures for social distancing. Contract personnel are a vital component of our mission and will carry on their respective functions until further notice. Questions specific to a contracted company’s policies during a public health event should be referred to that company.
A: Nellis AFB has implemented social distancing across the base within the confines of the mission. Mission tasks and operations have been prioritized. We’ve delayed numerous tests and routine events, and we’re working closely with our contractors to safely and smartly produce missions while adjusting to this new way of doing business.
A: The most current information regarding travel restrictions is available at https://mypers.af.mil. There are several documents updated frequently to address the effects of the Department of Defense Stop Movement pertaining to permanent changes of station, temporary duty, household goods and unofficial travel restrictions. If you have scheduled HHG, contact the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office (JPPSO) at 719-554-9291. If you have been assigned an agent, the JPPSO office will be able to give you further guidance or give your agent the ok to proceed as scheduled.
A: In light of statewide closures of barber and beauty shops, Nellis Air Force Base leadership has implemented relaxed grooming standards for its Airmen. Unit leadership teams are empowered to use their best judgment and determine what makes the most sense for their unit and its Airmen.
Uniform and facial hair standards, as outlined by AFI, remain in effect.
A: Whether stateside or downrange, our Airmen and families remain a vital part of the Nellis family. Our leadership is utilizing several avenues to ensure everyone is informed about local COVID-19 information and the local impacts its having on their families, friends, and units. In addition to these updates, squadron leadership, first sergeants, and key spouses are working closely together to provide additional support as needed.
A: These are unprecedented times and this was not an easy decision. Base leadership is balancing the mission and current operations with the health and well-being of the Airmen and families assigned to Nellis Air Force Base. We are grateful for the service of our robust retiree and veteran community, however, the best decision at this time is to temporarily reduce the number of people accessing Nellis AFB to help us flatten the curve and minimize the risk of COVID-19. These are temporary restrictions implemented for extraordinary times.
Beginning April 6, access to the Base Exchange will be restricted to Active Duty, Guard and Reserve personnel and their dependents, and essential personnel who are authorized patrons.
Nellis Chapel services including sermons, homilies and messages will be delivered via Facebook and can be found by following @NellisChapel. For chaplain support, e-mail email@example.com.
The Nellis AFB Child Development Centers are available to mission essential-personnel only. Unit commanders are responsible for highlighting their mission essential personnel – any of those individuals who require CDC services are put on a list, which the CDC uses to verify that those personnel are authorized users of the service while COVID-19 limitations are in place. Note: The CDCs cannot accept children who are sick or who have been exposed to anyone who is sick or in quarantine (this includes parents/guardians, siblings, etc). The CDCs will refund childcare fees for services not used.
Beginning April 6, access to the Commissary will be restricted to Active Duty, Guard and Reserve personnel and their dependents, and essential personnel who are authorized patrons.
The 99th Medical Group established a hotline to address questions about COVID-19. TRICARE Beneficiaries may call 702-653-CARE and press option 9 to be directed to a medical professional. The hotline is open Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The TRICARE Nurse Advice Line (NAL) is open 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273). To ensure lines remain open for emergent medical concerns, please do not call other medical departments with questions about the virus.
The Warrior Fitness Center remains open for active-duty, Guard, Reserve and dependents only.
99 FSS FACILITY INFORMATION
Identification Card support is available by appointment only. Customers may schedule an appointment at www.nellislife.com/military-personnel or 702-679-0295. Appointments are processed on a case-by-case, urgent need basis.
The Legal Office will be closed until further notice for walk-in notaries, powers of attorney, and legal assistance are unavailable. If you are deploying and/or in need of emergency assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you already have a scheduled appointment, someone will reach out to you to reschedule it to a later date.
Non-essential appointments are postponed. Medical staff are working to reschedule those appointments, and as many appointments as possible will be conducted over the phone.
Elective procedures are postponed 60 days beginning March 31. Click here for the more information.
The medical center no longer permits visitors. Exceptions will be made for one legal guardian to accompany pediatric patients, one adult visitor for women in labor, and extenuating circumstances. All visitors must pass a health screening before entering the facility.
For assistance from the Military Personnel Flight, email the appropriate org box:
Retirements & Separations: 99FSS.FSMPD.Retirements@us.af.mil
Officer & Enlisted Promotions: email@example.com
Customer Service to include Passports: 99MPE.DPMC@us.af.mil
Force Management (Evals/SDAP/Duty Status/UIF & Adverse Actions, etc.): firstname.lastname@example.org
All beneficiaries, including retirees, will have access to the satellite pharmacy through April 10. Beginning April 11, only beneficiaries with continued base access will be able to use the Satellite Pharmacy.
The pharmacies may be reached at 702-653-2273, choose option 4. You may then choose option 1 for the Main pharmacy or option 2 for the Satellite pharmacy.
For information on how to get your prescription refilled elsewhere, please click here.
Nellis AFB local shuttle service suspended until further notice. Airmen who need to utilize the vanpool to get to and from Creech Air Force Base may continue to do so, but must plan to follow social distancing guidelines while riding. Airmen can expect to see charges on their vanpool credit cards, even if they aren’t using them, but those charges are temporary, and purely to ensure the rentals remain available to whoever may need to use them.
Please email support requests to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nellis Visitors Center is closed. New requests for a Veterans Health Identification Card and/or visitor pass requests cannot be processed at this time. Trusted traveler procedures remain unchanged for DoD ID cardholders.
Nellis AFB reports its COVID-19 cases through the Southern Nevada Health District. To avoid confusion, press releases below were accurate at the time of their publication but are not being updated.
Public health emergency declared at Nellis, access restricted beginning April 6
Update: 7 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Nellis AFB
Update: 6 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Nellis AFB
Update: 4 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Nellis AFB
Confirmed COVID-19 case at Nellis AFB
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S Air Force
U.S. Department of Defense
DOD Force Health Protection Guidance
The White House