Coronavirus Disease 2019 Response


Health Protection Condition (HPCON)



Information available as of 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, December 21, 2023

This page contains information about the Army's response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for all U.S. Army personnel – Soldiers and civilians – serving at Watervliet Arsenal. Some of the information contained on this site is static, meaning it doesn't change - such as links to local, state and federal agencies. Information from the Watervliet Arsenal command is reflected by the as of date on the top of this site. This site is maintained by the WVA Public Affairs Officer.

The Army is taking precautionary measures to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness. We will continue to evaluate current day-to-day operations to ensure the safety of all of our Soldiers, family members and civilian personnel. We encourage all personnel to follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What to do if you're not feeling well


As a general rule, employees have been encouraged to use their sick leave when they are feeling ill. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for employees to pay attention to their health and stay home when sick to avoid potential spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.


Employees should familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that can be found at the following link.

It is the employee's responsibility to inform their supervisor if they are feeling ill or test positive for COVID-19. For further information on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19, please visit the CDC website at the following link. 


If you have any questions about this guidance, contact your first line supervisor.




Low - Low COVID-19 community level risk

Continue taking all Routine and Alpha HPCON actions and:
• Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• If you are sick, call your medical provider for instructions on receiving care before going to the clinic.
• Stay informed by routinely checking reliable sources of information such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local public health agencies.

For more information on HPCON levels and their meanings, visit:


We encourage all personnel to continue to practice proper hygiene as the best way to prevent the spread of viruses. This includes washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Also, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with those who are sick. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces should also be done.

Help mitigate the spread of the virus by following recommended preventive measures such as frequent hand washing, avoiding close contact with sick individuals, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces, staying home when feeling ill, and avoiding touching eyes, nose, and/or mouth.


Vaccines continue to be an effective way at preventing infection from COVID-19 and serious illness, hospitalization and death from infection. Use the following links to find and obtain vaccine and boosters.


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