Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs
A dedicated team with representation from across the Academy is closely tracking how COVID-19 spreads across the country. We are monitoring the spread here in New York, and where cadets and their families are located. The Corps of Cadets and the Class of 2024 have begun arriving at the academy to begin summer training. The leaders are taking a deliberate approach to gain a better understanding of our situation and the opportunity to make the best, well-informed decisions. We are in constant dialogue with the Army senior leaders, who support our current approach.
The Corps of Cadets and the Class of 2024 have begun arriving at the academy to begin summer training. The Cadet Summer Training cycle will consist of adapted versions of Cadet Field Training (CFT), Cadet Basic Training (CBT), Cadet Candidate Basic Training (CCBT) and Air Assault Training. All training will commence with COVID-19 testing and a controlled monitoring period. Combining our testing capability with a deliberately phased approach to the return of the Corps allows for testing results within one day.
We continue to keep our senior leadership apprised of our numbers. For operational security reasons, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and or Department of the Army Headquarters will retain the authorization to share this data publicly. Force Protection is paramount as we continue to address COVID-19 outbreaks. We appreciate your support in helping with this effort and remain committed to keeping the West Point community informed about what we're doing to mitigate the issue.
West Point Admissions has cancelled all visits.
Out of an abundance of caution, and in coordination with the other service academies, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Summer Leader Experience. Please know that we did not make this decision without considerable review and analysis. We consider the health and safety of our community, our candidates and their families to be paramount. All accepted applicants will receive a full refund for the program. Also, the West Point High School STEM camp scheduled for June 1-5 has been canceled. All applicants have been notified of this status. We are continuing to evaluate other summer youth experiences at West Point and will keep the community updated on their status as decision are made.
As with any military operation, we want to be trained, equipped and prepared to contain the coronavirus quickly and effectively if an outbreak were to occur in or around our bases. Units are conducting preparations in the event a cadet, Soldier, family member or civilian employee is diagnosed with COVID-19.
The U.S. Military Academy has declared a Public Health Emergency aligned with the State of New York and surrounding counties. This declaration reflects the severity of the danger facing our community. Our current operations have focused on protecting the force. Our goal is mitigating the spread of the virus by following recommended preventive measures such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and avoiding close contact with sick individuals. The full West Point response playbook can be found here.
Keller strongly recommends anyone in quarantine - whether command- or self-directed - should do their best to "remain inside" as much as possible and limit their contact with other people as much as possible for the quarantine period. During quarantine, you should avoid contact with anyone outside of your immediate household, but you are still allowed to do activities such as walking your dog and working out alone outside.
At the conclusion of your 14-day quarantine period, a Keller Army Community Hospital representative will contact you again to determine whether you should be released. To be released, you must have been symptom free for at least seven days and had no fever for three days without the help of fever reducing medication. Instructions for quarantining and tips for doing so at home can be found here. Additional, resources can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/index.html.
All personnel who exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath, are directed to self-isolate. You are also directed to immediately contact the Keller Army Community Hospital help line at 1-800-552-2907 or 845-938-7992 to seek medical assistance if you have not done so already.
USAG West Point and the U.S. Military Academy will cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain, in accordance with Department of Defense and Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. All military personnel, family members, civilian employees, contractors and visitors will wear cloth face coverings on academy grounds to the extent practical when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers. More information can be found here.
Our use of temperature screenings at West Point did not prove worthwhile in identifying suspect COVID cases, often giving faulty readings (probes are supposed to be used indoors). Additionally, COVID does not always present with fever; it has many symptoms. Therefore, we moved temperature taking into our secondary screening tents adjacent to the gates – where we are taking temperatures of those folks who display other symptoms and/or who answer yes to the questions asked at the gates.
If I have family members with a visitor pass, will they be able to visit us? Or are they restricted from post?
Yes, if you have family members, they will be able to visit you if they are here. If guests do not hold current passes for access, the West Point resident will be required to escort them on to the installation. However, if you're in a quarantine status or an isolated status, the answer would be no for that question. This is the current access policy for non-residents and is subject to change.
What is West Point doing to inform their Soldiers, families and civilians regarding ongoing support and requirements to prepare for or mitigate exposure to coronavirus?
West Point leadership are hosting virtual town halls to inform Soldiers, families and civilians about how they are responding to and supporting efforts to prepare for or prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, we are using our social media platforms to inform internal audiences of the latest installation, Army and CDC guidance. You may also check www.westpoint.edu/coronavirus.
I am a military retiree and use KACH/Commissary am I still permitted access to the installation in the case that West Point closes?
Yes, authorized retirees are permitted access to the installation for the purpose of visiting the commissary and PX.
If you are not a DOD ID card holder or do not currently have a Visitor ID, you are not permitted access to post. DOD Id cards which expired on/or after Jan. 1 are authorized for continued benefit use through Sept. 30. The minimum age for initial USID card issuance is increased from 10 to 14 years of age.
What’s the current plan for MWR sports? And if/when things are cancelled (sports, programs, care), how will families get refunds?
All MWR activities are cancelled. DFMWR officially canceled CYS Spring Sports and began providing refund information April 20. For up to date information see the reopening FAQs below.
What accommodations are in place for the support staff? Could they work from home if quarantine becomes necessary?
Please check with your supervisor for the latest guidance. There are a number of options available to continue to work and meet the daily missions of the U.S. Military Academy while ensuring the health and safety of the workforce.
DOD placed restrictions on hiring of civilian personnel to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, and protect military and civilian personnel and their families, and our contract workforce from exposure.
West Point leadership is thoroughly reviewing plans to reopen each facility on the installation that was closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More facilities are expected to open as conditions in the region improve. The facilities that have reopened in full or in part are below. Please check back frequently as this site will be updated as more services are allowed to reopen.
- The Commissary and Exchange remain open with health protection measures in place. Authorized retirees are still permitted access to the installation for the purpose of visiting the commissary and PX.
- The Child Development Center is reopened on a limited basis.
- The Army and Air Force Exchange Barbershop is open to active duty service members.
- Morgan Farm is open for pet grooming, horseback Riding Lessons and horse boarding.
- FMWR Fitness Center is open for active duty personnel only
- West Point Bowling center is open for food takeout. Bowling lanes are reopened by reservation only.
- The West Point golf course is open for play and take out food/beverages.
- The West Point Club (only for food service)
- More MWR related opening can be found here.
Many of the public facilities at West Point remain closed and are being evaluated on a case by case basis. These include, but are not limited to:
- The West Point Visitors Center
- The West Point Museum
- The Auto Skills Center (only open for self-help)
- Tronsrue Marksmanship Center
The Child Development Center is implementing strict public health protections to ensure the health and safety of the children and employees. The center is limiting its capacity to 20 dependents of emergency essential personnel daily and is prioritizing attendance in cooperation with West Point officials and personnel based on changing, daily mission requirements. Effective July 6, Stony Child Development Center is also open for currently enrolled single and dual military. Effective July 20, it is also open for currently enrolled military with working spouse.
Who is the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Barbershop open to? What protective measures are in place?
The barbershop will be open by appointment only and will be limited to active duty service members. According to West Point public health officials, one of the chairs has been removed from the facility to provide adequate social distancing, barbers will use a newly laundered cape for each patron, barbers will wear a mask and gloves and will disinfect their equipment and their workspace between customers. No customers will be allowed in the facility prior to their appointment, so there will be a maximum of two patrons in the facility at any time.
Lake Frederick remains open for Fishing & Passive Recreation, but is now also open for cabin rentals, effective Monday, June 22. Round Pond remains open for Fishing & Passive Recreation, but is now also open for self contained RV camping only, effective Monday June 22. (No tent camping or picnicking). For West Point fishing permits, create an online account here: https://westpoint.isportsman.net. The season opening for recreational swimming is postponed until further notice. This includes Long Pond Swim Area, Round Pond Swim Area and Lake Frederick Swim Area.
The West Point Golf Course is now re-opened for play. This includes the driving range, and ONLY Grab-N-Go service for food and beverage. A full menu is available in the dining room for indoor dining with a maximum of six people per table. Outdoor dining is available with a maximum of three people per table. No lessons or clinics will commence this season. To schedule a tee time go here. Also please view applicable rules and guidelines at the link before entering the golf course. For further questions, or to call ahead for a tee time, dial 845-938-2435.
The West Point Club is open Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. for lunch at 50% capacity. Grab-N-Go is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Dinner To Go must be order by 2 p.m. for pickup between 4–5:30 p.m. (no delivery). Nanette's barbershop will open for business by appointment only. The club remains closed for private events such as weddings. For more information, the club can be reached at 845-938-5120.