Andersen guards now scanning IDs to avoid contact with coronavirus

Andersen Air Force Base (PNC file photo)

The guards at the Andersen Air Force base gate are now scanning IDs as a precaution against contracting the coronavirus.

Per new policy changes, Andersen is asking everyone entering the base to hold up their ID cards so that gate guards can just scan them and minimize exposure and spread of germs to both security members and drivers.

Meanwhile, Adelup issued a news release yesterday reiterating that there are no suspected cases of coronavirus in the military.

On March 4, the Department of Public Health and Social Services and the Government of Guam were informed of a military vessel that had sick individuals on board.

According to Adelup, the individuals were evaluated by Naval Hospital Guam Public Health personnel and did not meet the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for a person under investigation (PUI). There are no suspected COVID-19 cases or PUIs aboard the vessel.

At this time, there are no indications that any U.S. naval personnel have contracted COVID-19.

But in response to the threat caused by the virus, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet issued guidance to ensure the risk of COVID-19 is mitigated in the military.

In accordance with a U.S. Pacific Fleet directive, all military personnel will continue to be screened daily for symptoms of COVID-19 throughout and following port visits. At this time, there are no indications that any U.S. naval personnel have been affected by COVID-19.

Department of Defense

The Defense Department is also making plans to combat the coronavirus.

The DOD civilian and military leadership, including all the service secretaries and combatant command commanders, have worked together to ensure the department is ready for short- and long-term scenarios, as well as domestic and international situations, a DOD news release stated.

DOD said it is communicating regularly with operational commanders to assess how the virus might impact military exercises and ongoing operations around the world.

Military research laboratories are also working “feverishly” to try to come up with a vaccine.