VAWG COVID-19 Remobilization
Virginia Wing Guidance on COVID-19 Remobilization
A. Current Threat:
• COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that has caused a global outbreak and associated public health declarations including social distancing, protective equipment, and an increased focus on hygiene.
• Because of the variation in impacts and legal restrictions across the various states, there is no one-size-fits-all response for the Civil Air Patrol to use in this situation.
• Virginia Wing transitioned to phase I on 24 Jun 2020 and has been in phase II since 8 Jul 2020, with many units resuming meetings and other activities while strictly following national and local requirements and guidelines.
• According to the Covid ActNow website, the state of Virginia’s daily new cases per 100k population has been rising since Oct 20. The infection rate has been rising at a slower pace, but is nearing the high threshold of 1.1, indicating a higher rate of spread of the virus. The positive test rate has been rising since Oct 8th. These metrics are all closely monitored, as well as local-level metrics based on unit location.
B. Current Remedies:
• In response to the surges across the country, the Virginia Governor has announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia. The action that directly affects Civil Air Patrol units is that starting at midnight, Sunday, November 15th, all public and private in-person gatherings are limited to 25 individuals until further notice. All VAWG units must follow this updated guidance, of which applies to all in-person meetings and activities. Full details on the executive order updates can be found at https://www.governor.virginia.gov/executive-actions/
• All units must continue to carefully determine the mission criticality and need of in-person gatherings. Many waivers and accommodations are still in place for CAP operations and can be found at https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/covid-19-information-cena
• If the positive test rate or infection rate reaches the critical category, Virginia Wing will immediately revert to phase one.
• If more strict guidance is provided from National Headquarters, it must be followed and notification of the guidance will be disseminated.
At the direction of the VAWG/CC, the remobilization team will continue to provide guidance to the wing with respect to meetings, single-day events, and overnight activities in accordance with local, state, and federal guidance.
As detailed in the VAWG phase II plan, the most important items for members who choose to participate at in-person activities include:
- Social distancing as much as possible.
- Face coverings at all times, regardless of social distancing and both inside and outside (physical fitness exception can be found in VAWG phase II plan)
- Personal hygiene – wash hands after touching shared surfaces/items when possible or use approved hand sanitizers
A. Commander’s Intent:
• The remobilization team is continuing to provide plans to ensure the risk of COVID-19 transmission is mitigated to the maximum extent possible, while operating in alignment with our federal, state, and local partners.
• All participation in CAP activities is fully up to the member and their comfort level –participation is not required if a member does not feel it is safe to do so. Virtual accommodations will be made where possible.
B. Concept of Operations
• The remobilization team will have plans approved by the wing command team and the NHQ team and will be distributed to the wing once approved.
• Essential missions, such as Search and Rescue and disaster relief taskings will continue using ORM and the best practices already in place.
C. Chain of Command
• Maj Jacob Bixler is the lead POC for organizing Virginia’s phased plans. If you have any concerns, please route them through your chain of command (unit commander, group commander, etc.).
D. Information Flow
• Further information from National Headquarters can be found:
E. Remobilization Status
• Effective 24 June 2020, Virginia Wing is in Phase I, abiding by the instructions provided here.
• Effective 8 July 2020, Virginia Wing is in Phase II, abiding by the instructions provided here.
• Effective 15 Nov 2020, no more than 25 individuals are permitted at any CAP in-person meetings or activities.
F. Additional Files
Click here for the COVID-19 Questionnaire (one page).
Click here for the CAPF160 Phase II template.
22 Nov 2020/1940L