As of 10 January:  316th Medical Group is not administering booster vaccines for beneficiaries ages 12 years and older.  A status update will be provided via Facebook and our Andrews website. ***Schedule COVID-19 Vaccination*** . For COVID-19 vaccine updates at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center, call our COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at (240) 612-4866 or visit our COVID-19 Vaccine page.

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NEWS | Jan. 11, 2022

MGMC Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Eligibility

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

As of 10 January:  316th Medical Group is not administering booster vaccines for beneficiaries ages 12 years and older.  A status update will be provided via Facebook and on our Andrews website. Schedule a COVID-19 vaccination today.

For COVID-19 vaccine updates at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center, call our COVID-19 Vaccine Information Line at 240-612-4866.

MGMC Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Eligibility

Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic is working tirelessly to meet the high demand for testing. The wait time for testing at Joint Base Andrews is approximately 3-4 hours.

**Capacity limitations and higher traffic volume may result in the testing site closing BEFORE 4:00pm.** No other cars will be allowed in line after this point.

We continue to follow mission essential prioritization. Please do NOT present to the testing site unless you are in one of the categories below:

  1. Active Duty personnel
  2. Civilian Military Treatment Facility Healthcare workers
  3. Active Duty mission critical impact to include any official travel or deployments
  4. Pre-op patients who need to be screened prior to a procedure
  5. Active duty dependents (i.e. children) affecting essential mission requirements.

**All other patients please utilize testing facilities in the local community at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Please note that Malcolm Grow is not a rapid testing facility. If your test is positive, you will receive a call within 24 hours of the results. If your test is negative, you will not receive a call. Results may be accessed through TRICARE Online patient portal.
 
If you need advice after hours, please call the Nurse Advice Line at 800-TRICARE (874-2273) option 1 and if having difficulty breathing or other concerning symptoms, please visit your closest Emergency Department.

For civilian COVID-19 testing locations please visit: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov

As a reminder personal or leisure travel COVID-19 testing must be obtained outside of the National Capital Region Military Treatment Facilities.

COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine Guidance

Joint Base Andrews has seen an increase in COVID-19 testing and positives, as a result our testing wait times have increased.  Please note that Malcolm Grow is not a rapid testing facility.  If your test is positive, you will receive a call within 24 hours of the results.  If your test is negative, you will not receive a call.  Results may be accessed through TRICARE Online patient portal.

Who should get tested?

1.  People who have symptoms of COVID-19

2.  People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection:
     a.  Fully vaccinated persons should be tested 5-7 days after exposure.
     b.  People who are not fully vaccinated should be tested immediately.  If negative, test again 5-7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.

Close contact is defined as:
1.  Someone who was less than 6 feet away from infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
     a. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

2.  An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic people, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date).
     a. Example 1:  You spend time with a person (less than 6 feet for 15 minute or more) on Saturday.  If the COVID-19 positive person started having symptoms on Thursday, you do not meet the criteria of a close contact and testing is not recommended.
     b.  Example 2: You spend time with a person (less than 6 feet for 15 minute or more) on Saturday.  If the COVID-19 positive person started having symptoms on Monday, you meet the criteria of a close contact and should follow testing recommendations listed above.

What if my test result is positive?

1.  Symptomatic personnel: must isolate at home for 10 days.  May return to work if at least 24 hours fever free AND symptoms have improved at the 10 day point.

2.  Asymptomatic personnel:
     a. Unvaccinated- isolate at home for 10 days from positive test date.  If you develop symptoms during your isolation period, you should isolate for 10 days after your symptoms began.
     b. Vaccinated - isolate at home for 10 days.  If you develop symptoms during that timeframe, continue to isolate for at least 10 days after symptoms began.

What if my test result is negative?

1.  Symptomatic personnel:  isolate at home until symptoms have improved AND you are fever-free for at least 24 hours.

2.  Asymptomatic personnel: 
     a. Unvaccinated: quarantine at home for 14 full days. Test again 5-7 days after the known exposure.  If negative, continue to quarantine until 14 days is complete.
     b.  Vaccinated:  may return to work with mask on as long as you remain asymptomatic.  Get tested between days 5-7 after a known exposure.  If positive-isolate at home.  If negative, return to work.
Visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Availability page for Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic COVID-19 testing hours.

For civilian COVID-19 testing locations please visit: https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov

As a reminder personal or leisure travel COVID-19 testing must be obtained outside of the National Capital Region Military Treatment Facilities.
Don't forget to keep your family's information up-to-date in DEERS.