District of Columbia National Guard COVID-19 Guidance

The following are mandatory practices issued by direction of the District of Columbia National Guard State Surgeon. These guidelines are in accordance with DOD Force Health Protection (FHP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). All DCNG personnel will adhere to these guidelines at all times in order to maintain a healthy ready force. Personnel will report any changes to their medical readiness to their supervisor without delay.

All personnel must follow Social Distancing practices and maintain personal hygiene practices in line with DOD and CDC guidance.
     • Personnel exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not report to work, instead will notify their immediate supervisor and get tested for COVID-19 as directed by medical authority
     • Practice “social distancing,” avoid crowded places or large gatherings, and maintain a distance of (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others whenever possible.
     • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
     • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
     • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or flexed elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
     • Clean and disinfect workspace surfaces and objects people frequently touch.
     • Get vaccinated against COVID 19 and consider obtaining the booster dose.

Indoor mask wearing is based on community spread. The CDC has developed a tool to determine the spread of COVID-19 within a given community. COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation CDC
     • Service Members may choose to wear a mask indoors regardless of community levels.
     • Indoor mask wearing is no longer required when the community levels are low or medium.
     • In areas of high community spread SM will wear their mask indoors.
     • Routine COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated SMs is not required in areas with low community level

Regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, DOD personnel who are symptomatic and or test positive for COVID-19 will remain out of the workplace for 5 calendar days. Individuals may return to the workplace after 5 calendar days, if either:
     • They have no symptoms; or
     • If they have no fever (100.4 or higher) for more than 24 hours and any remaining symptoms are resolving.
     • Mask wearing must continue in the workplace for an additional 5 calendar days, even in circumstances in which mask wearing is not required by any other DOD guidance

If you are in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 adhere to the following guidelines, as directed by your supervisor and or medical authority. (Close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet away from a laboratory-confirmed COVID positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period)

If you:
Have been boosted
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

• Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
• Test on day 5, if possible.


If you develop symptoms, stay home, and get tested

If you:
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted


Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted


Are unvaccinated

• Stay home for 5 days. Then, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
• If you can’t quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
• Test on day 5 if possible.


If you develop symptoms, stay home, and get tested


All DCNG personnel will follow these guidelines to the best of their ability in order to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the readiness of the organization.

Point of contact is LTC Paul D. Tumminello at paul.d.tumminello.mil@army.mil or 202-685-9670.