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COVID-19 Dashboard

  Dover AFB Latest Updates 

As of 20 July 2023 - Dover AFB is currently in HPCON 0 (Normal).


 Additional Resources 

Dover Air Force Base Facebook Page    Department of Defense   Delaware Coronavirus Website   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Base Policies

    • If I have a COVID-19 base policy related question that is not listed here, whom should I contact?
      • Please contact your individual leadership, or 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs via email at or phone at (302) 677-3372. We also encourage you to follow the Dover Air Force Base Facebook page at for additional updates.
      • For COVID-19 specific questions, please contact Public Health at 302-677-2564.
    • What is Dover AFB’s current policy for face coverings?
      • As of 2 March 2022, personnel are no longer required to wear a mask on Dover AFB. As of 4 April 2023, personnel are no longer required to wear a mask when visiting the 436th Medical Group facilities unless they:

        • Decided it is required per individual risk.
        • Have a respiratory infection.
        • Were in close contact with someone who was a confirmed COVID-19 positive within 10 days of exposure.
        • Have had source control recommended by Public Health.
    • To whom does Dover AFB’s face covering policy apply?
      • Dover AFB’s face covering policy applies to all total force military personnel, Department of Defense civilian employees, to include non-appropriated funded civilians, family members, DOD contractors and all other individuals on the installation.
    • Am I required to observe physical distancing even while wearing a mask?
      • While it is encouraged for all, physically distancing while wearing a mask is not required. Mask wear and social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • What facilities are available on Dover AFB?

      • The actions Team Dover continues to take for the safety of our fellow Airmen and the Dover community have allowed us to re-open facilities and begin transitioning to a new state of normalcy. Visit the FSS website for more info.

        • What is Dover AFB’s current policy for teleworking?
          • Dover AFB personnel deemed at risk are authorized to telework in coordination with their unit commander. If telework is deemed unsuitable, unit commanders are authorized to make other accommodations to ensure personnel safety.
        • What is the base’s current policy for indoor and outdoor gatherings?
          • Indoor gatherings are limited to 250 or less. Workplace occupancy is limited to less than 100%. In accordance with DoD and Air Force guidance, unit commanders (or functional equivalents) are authorized to allow up to 100% workplace occupancy. Base members must also comply with the latest Delaware guidance for residential/private indoor gatherings, which can be found at
        • What is the local leave area currently?
          • For approval of leave or pass (liberty), all personnel will follow their respective organizations’ most current policies, in addition to relevant DoD or service-specific guidance. For Air Force members, department guidelines have returned to pre-COVID procedures. Liberty will be approved in accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-3003. Individual unit commanders should follow guidelines in AFI 36-3003, paragraph 4.4 for regular and special passes. Dover AFB personnel must continue to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while on leave.
        • If I feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, what should I do?
          • Stay home, notify your chain of command, and call the appointment line at 302-730-4633.
  • Close Contact/Exposure Information
    • Whom do I call if I think I was in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person?
      • You do not need to call Public Health. The CDC no longer recommends quarantine for close contacts. You must wear a mask as soon you find out you were exposed. This should continue for 10 full days, with day 0 being the day of your last exposure, and watch for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and call the appointment line at 302-730-4633, or seek medical attention off-base if urgent.  Additional information can be found at
    • If I test positive for COVID-19, can I notify others with whom I believe I’ve been in close contact?  
      • Yes, we recommend that you notify potential close contacts so that they may begin wearing a mask for 10 days after their exposure to you.
    • Who conducts contact tracing?
      • Universal contact tracing is no longer recommended by the CDC.  Dover AFB Public Health will prioritize tracing for select populations IAW DOD and CDC guidelines.
  • COVID-19 Testing
    • What COVID-19 symptoms should I look for?
      • If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as abdominal pain or lack of appetite have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action, or investigation by a medical provider.
    • When should I get tested?
      • Your healthcare provider will determine if testing is required based on the symptoms you are experiencing. Please call the appointment line at 302-730-4633 if you are concerned about possible COVID-19 symptoms.
      • You may alternatively get tested at any time using a home test or off base facility if you would like to know your COVID-19 status. Visit the Delaware Coronavirus website for available testing locations throughout the state:
      • You are also required to be tested prior to official international travel.
    • How do I get tested on base?
      • If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call the appointment line at 302-730-4633 and your provider team will determine if testing is required. If so, you will receive additional instructions for testing.
    •  Who is eligible for on-base testing?
      • On-base testing is reserved for symptomatic patients, patients who require a negative test in preparation for a medical procedure as well as individuals traveling overseas who require a negative test prior to official travel.
    • What do I do if I have a positive home test?
      • Stay home and call the appointment line at 302-730-4633 to report. They will collect some information from you and pass it on to your healthcare provider for further action.

    • If I receive a test on base, how will I be notified of my results, and when should I expect to receive those results?
      • You may obtain your results on Military Health System (MHS) Genesis Patient Portal at at your convenience. Your provider will also notify you of your test result as needed. Each test type has a varying processing time but generally results are available within three to five business days.   

    • Can I get tested off base?
      • Active-duty members can get tested off-base in an emergency hospital department or elsewhere.
      • Visit the Delaware Coronavirus website for available testing locations throughout the state:
      • However, getting tested off base may result in delays in test results and additional time on isolation. If a member is positive, they should report this to their healthcare provider team as soon as possible for evaluation.
      • Dependents can also get tested off base at any time but are still recommended to notify their healthcare provider team.
    • Will Tricare cover the testing?
      • Yes. Tricare will cover testing when ordered by a healthcare provider, urgent care, or hospital emergency department.
  • Isolation Instructions


    • How will I know if I am placed on isolation?
      • The member’s healthcare provider will verbally provide isolation instructions during the test result notification interview.


    • If isolated, what do I have to do?
      • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
      • Monitor your symptoms. If you have any emergency warning signs, including trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake or bluish lips or face, seek emergency medical care immediately.
      • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
      • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
      • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
      • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
      • Wear a mask when around other people.


    • If I’m isolated, can I exercise outdoors?  
      • No, you should stay inside your residence. Even with a mask you cannot exercise outdoors.
    • If I’m isolated, can I do contactless grocery/other shopping? 
      • No. However, you may arrange for drop-off grocery and other service delivery to your home. Please contact your chain of command to make any additional required logistical arrangements.
    • How am I released from isolation?
      • Your healthcare provider team is responsible for authorizing your release from isolation and return to work. Typically, you will be on isolation for 5 days from symptom onset (day 0) or 5 days from specimen collection (day 0) for asymptomatic individuals. You will be required to wear a mask through day 10. Your isolation may be extended if your healthcare provider team does not find you fit to return to work.  Criteria for release include:
        • At least 5 days since symptoms first appeared (day 0) AND 
        • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND 
        • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
      • If you cannot wear a mask, to include those below the age of 2 years old, you should isolate for the full 10 days.
      • For more information, please visit
      • An isolation/exposure calculator can be found at

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