COVID-19

I want to encourage everyone to remain vigilant when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Everyone must do their part to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their extended NAVSEA family.

                                                                                 ​~ NAVSEA Commander, VADM William Galinis

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Coronavirus [COVID-19]

Navy departments around the world are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected  internationally. On this website you can find information and guidance from NAVSEA Leadership.

 

“Coronavirus” is a generic term used to talk about a family of viruses that are passed from animals to humans. There are a total of seven known coronaviruses, including COVID-19 which is the one we’re dealing with now.

 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.”

 

It started in Wuhan, China. Scientists believe it started at a market that sold both live and dead animals.

 

It’s spread like the cold and flu via “respiratory droplets” (sneezes, coughing, exhaling). People may come into contact with these droplets and either inhale them or transfer them to their mouth, eyes, or nose.

 

They are a lot like the cold and flu – fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can start between 2 and 14 days after exposure. COVID-19 seems to focus on the respiratory system and can result in pneumonia and other issues which makes this more severe than a cold or flu.

 

Older people with compromised immune systems or existing respiratory issues seem to be the most impacted.

 

This information is changing rapidly, please pay attention to local news for the most up-to-date information in your area. All states have reported cases of COVID-19, the CDC website has a map with this information.

 

Yes, follow your local and government news.

TELEWORK INFO/GUIDANCE
NOV. 30, 2020, the department released the memo for Extension of Maximum Telework Flexibilities extending the limited exception to policy provided by the USD memorandum on March 8, 2020.  See that memo here.

ANTIVIRUS HOME USE PROGRAM

DISA completed a contract for the Anti-virus for Home Use program.  The URL for Home use Anti-virus is:  https://www.disa.mil/Cybersecurity/Network-Defense/Antivirus/Home-Use.

MILSUITE

If you need a collaboration site that doesn’t require VPN, recommend the use of MilSuite.  https://www.milsuite.mil

USE OF COMMERCIAL VOICE AND VIDEO CAPABILITIES

  1.   Gov personnel may NOT procure, download, and use collaboration tools or services
  2.   Govt personnel may NOT task a contractor to procure any collaboration tools or services on behalf of the Govt
  3.   Govt personnel may NOT direct a CTR to use the CTR’s collaboration tools or services to host meetings for the Govt
  4.   If an industry partner hosts a meeting using commercial collaboration tools, Govt personnel may participate, if able to access tool via NMCI.  FLTCYBERCOM will not open up ports to enable use or permit download of the capability.  When participating in a voice call, VTC, chat session, or in a collaboration activity, personnel are reminded that CTR tools are NOT FEDRAMP approved and do not have an ATO; do not discuss or pass sensitive information (FOUO PII, PHI, CTU/CUI, etc.) during these meetings.
     

CYBER HYGIENE BEST PRACTICES

With many of us teleworking, it’s critical that we continue to practice proper cyber hygiene to ensure we do not open ourselves and the Navy’s networks to attack. Here is a quick list of “Do” and “Don’ts:”

- DO REBOOT your machines PRIOR to connecting to the VPN
- DO NOT use Social Media to post about your work scenarios/situation, how you are connected or any of our capacity, capabilities or limitations
- DO NOT stand up your own commercial collaboration capabilities (Zoom, Slack, WEBEX, etc.)  
- DO NOT open unknown attachments while teleworking.
- DO NOT browse the internet while connected via the VPN unless required.
- DO NOT connect thumb drives to your computer.  USCYBERCOM is detecting a spike in unauthorized USB connections into machines connecting remotely. This WILL DISABLE your machine until it is analyzed.  This impacts operations and creates extra work for our service desk. 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO?

  • STAY INFORMED – CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public. (www.cdc.gov/ncov)
  • REMEMBER TO TAKE EVERYDAY PREVENTIVE ACTIONS that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
        » Avoid close contact with sick people.
        » While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
        » Stay home if you are sick.
        » Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
        » Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
        » Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
        » Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • IF YOU FEEL SICK with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days before you began to feel sick, seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent  travel and your symptoms.

WHAT IS NAVSEA DOING TO HELP MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?

  • We are encouraging people who are not feeling well to stay home and seek medical treatment if they have symptoms similar to COVID-19.
  • We are encouraging people to become telework ready should they be required to stay home for an extended period of time.
  • At Headquarters, we are adding hand sanitizers to our buildings and bringing in additional cleaning services and supplies so people can wipe down their work spaces.  Other organizations are doing the same.
  • At Headquarters, cloth face masks covering both the nose and mouth are required for all who enter. Personnel may remove facial coverings while working inside a private office with the door closed.  Cubicles or open workspaces and in all common spaces face coverings must be worn at all times.. 

On 8 MAR 20, the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness sent out civilian personnel guidance tied to COVID-19. NAVSEA will continue to align with higher headquarters in how we approach preparing for and responding to COVID-19. With that in mind, here is some general guidance:

TELEWORK

All employees who are telework-ready should be prepared to telework should their worksite close – this is a Continuity of Operations (COOP) requirement.

  • All NAVSEA telework-ready employees are required to take their laptop home every day.
  • All NAVSEA telework-eligible employees are strongly encouraged to sign telework agreements. 
  • NAVSEA employees may sign situational (ad hoc) telework agreements that will only be in place during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
  • NAVSEA is requiring supervisors to be as flexible as possible with employees who may have child or eldercare responsibilities.
  • NAVSEA is encouraging alternative work schedules and times to help mitigate overwhelming NMCI in the case of COOP or mass-telework.
  • Should NAVSEA exercise its COOP, and/or if offices close, telework-ready employees will be required to telework. 

TRAVEL

  • All travel will be approved by PEOs, Directorate Heads or Deputy Directors at HQ and by Commanding Officers, Executive Officers, Technical Directors or Head Civilian for field activities.
    ​      » Approvers of travel will use best judgment regarding whether or not it is mission essential and will closely scrutinize travel to areas impacted by COVID-19, for example: PACNORWEST. 
  • All travel in support of conferences is cancelled (local participation to conferences is authorized).
    ​      » This does NOT mean we’re cancelling training or conferences, just not allowing people to travel to them. 
  • Supervisors are to work with employees returning from overseas travel (both official and personal) over the next 60 days to ensure the safety and well-being of the team and have authority to allow for extended telework or leave if it is deemed appropriate.  
  • Use VTC and other means of communication to the greatest extent possible

COVID-19 News

Tools, Structure and Leadership: How a Team of Navy Software Developers are Navigating the Pandemic
The federal workplace has a longstanding reputation for accommodating flexible telework as a competitive perk, but only a portion of eligible employees previously took part because of in-person office norms. That pattern reversed last spring with the onset of a global pandemic, and a rapid switch to a policy of “maximum telework” across the entire federal government.
March 30, 2021 - The federal workplace has a longstanding reputation for accommodating flexible telework as a

Command learns, adapts during pandemic: Effort to protect workforce, meet mission continues year after worldwide pandemic declared
Shop 64 fabric workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington, make cloth masks and polycarbonate face shields that can be used to protect the workforce, or provided to Naval Hospital Bremerton and local hospitals if the need arises.
March 17, 2021 - As the workers and leaders from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility rang

MARMC Teams up with Ship Repair Industry to address “Pre-Deployment Bubble” COVID Protocols To Fix Ships
March 5, 2021 - The Navy’s largest East Coast maintenance center and their ship repair and maintenance partners in

PSNS & IMF begins COVID-19 vaccination roll out for workforce
Capt. Jip Mosman, commander, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, receives the COVID-19 vaccination Feb. 10, 2021, in the former Sam Adams Brewhouse on Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton. Approximately 200 PSNS & IMF personnel received the first-of-two Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shots in what is expected to be a phased employee vaccination process.
Feb. 10, 2021 - Approximately 200 Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility personnel received

NSWCDD Scientists and Engineers Develop IDS Tech Refresh for Delivery to the Fleet Despite Pandemic
NORFOLK, Va. – A Sailor from a Navy visit, board, search and seizure team is collecting a subject’s biometrics via fingerprints for possible subject identification in the Identity Dominance System (IDS). The system – to be upgraded with a Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)-developed IDS technology refresh in fiscal year 2021 – collects biometrics such as face, finger, and iris images, and enrolls that information into a local database to match against known persons of interest. Once the information has been captured, the system sends the information back to the authoritative database. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, NSWCDD scientists and engineers transitioned to telework while developing software in support of a complete technology refresh focused on modifying the IDS form factor to be smaller and lighter with an enhanced system performance that increases computing power, speed, local matching and communications capabilities.  (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Feb. 8, 2021 - DAHLGREN, Va. – Mike Jones and his team traveled to U.S. Navy bases worldwide because their mission

Unique NSWCDD Program Enhances Internship Opportunities Amid Pandemic
DAHLGREN, Va. – From left to right, Jennifer Wells (University of Mary Washington), Lauren Reynolds (Virginia Tech), Kurt Karpin (Virginia Tech), Landin Thorsted (University of South Carolina), and Brian Dillon, the Software Architect for the Sites Planning and Tools Branch of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, are pictured. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Jan. 26, 2021 - DAHLGREN, Va. – With the pandemic threatening to cancel the internship programs with Naval Surface

 

Civilian Employee Assistance Program (CEAP):  If you are feeling down, stressed, anxietous, scared; CEAP services are available 24/7 to you and your family, and they are free and anonymous.  Call 1-844-366-2327
(TTY: 1-888-262-7848/International:
1-866-829-0270), or visit
https://magellanascend.com

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