The Navy has published the COVID-19 Leaders’ Handbook, which describes Navy guidance on coronavirus mitigation measures that will be used throughout the fleet.
The handbook is meant to serve as a quick guide for all leaders to help prevent the spread of the virus. It has essential information on COVID-19, including how it spreads, as well as what measures should be taken, including self-monitoring, reporting, distancing, washing hands, wearing masks, and other methods proven effective in slowing the spread of the virus.
“The handbook is designed to provide Leaders at all levels with a common understanding of the latest science, show them that current USN guidance is grounded in that science, provide them tools to prevent, and when necessary, contain COVID-19.” said Rear Adm. Will Pennington, Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations and Plans, in a Navy statement.
The handbook also describes new sentinel surveillance testing protocols for unit commanders to help them identify asymptomatic COVID-positive individuals.
“This handbook reinforces how individual responsibility and simple public health mitigation measures are critical to protecting the team, and is written to allow young leaders to distill and then disseminate the most pertinent guidance so we can successfully operate through this pandemic,” said Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy.
You can download a PDF of the handbook here.
MAIN PHOTO: ANNAPOLIS, Md. (June 29, 2020) The U.S. Naval Academy welcomes the incoming 4th class midshipmen, or plebes, of the Class of 2024 during a four-day induction process due to restrictions set forth by the COVID-19 pandemic for this 2020 year. I-Day marks the beginning of a demanding six-week indoctrination period called Plebe Summer, intended to transition the candidates from civilian to military life. As the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Burke/Released)