Mandatory Temperature Screenings at NAVAIR Facilities

NAVAIR is utilizing temperature checks for its workforce using no-contact temperature screening devices. If you work on-site, you should expect to have your temperature checked before being granted access to NAVAIR facilities. If you present a temperature equal to or in excess of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and/or refuse to have your temperature taken, you will be denied entry. See the attached graphic for instructions on how to check your temperature on-site. Please self-screen at home before coming to work by taking your temperature and monitoring for any COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID Asymptomatic Testing

NAVAIR is offering voluntary, no-cost, asymptomatic COVID-19 surveillance testing at mobile sites to all on-site military members, civilians and contractors with a CAC ID. Testing is done and reported in groups of four. If anyone in the group tests positive, a negative PCR type COVID-19 test is required to return to work. Asymptomatic testing is NOT intended to diagnose those with COVID-19 symptoms. If you are ill or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home and contact your supervisor and health care provider. View the testing schedule at https://myteam.navair.navy.mil/corpapps/NAVAIRComm/NIT/atest/Lists/Van%20Schedule/calendar.aspx

Combined Federal Campaign Underway

Through Jan. 15, 2021

The official workplace giving program of the federal government is underway, and personnel can donate money or volunteer hours online at https://cbacfc.givecfc.org. For more information, or questions, contact FC1 Jessica Barreto Mora at Jessica.barretomorra@navy.mil or (424) 240-3770; or email Sharon Cenate at Sharon.cenate@navy.mil.

NAVAIR’s National Mentoring Month Event

1 p.m. Jan. 26

Dan Cockerell, a 27-year Disney veteran and former vice president of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida, will speak on the theme of “Mentoring in the New Normal.” To register, visit NAVAIR University at https://navairu.navair.navy.mil/ and search for CISL-EVT-FY20332.

NAVAIR Commander’s Awards Nominations

Due Jan. 28

Nominations for the 21st annual NAVAIR Commander’s Awards are due by Jan. 28, 2021. These awards, with nine categories, are an opportunity to recognize outstanding achievement in executing NAVAIR’s two mission areas: improving material readiness and increasing speed of capability delivery. Visit https://myteam.navair.navy.mil/corpapps/hatt/Pages/awards.aspx for more information, or contact the NAVAIR Awards Office at NAVAIR_Awards@navy.mil or 301-342-6862.

NEX Holiday Return Policy

NEX customers can make post-holiday returns at any location worldwide through Jan. 23, 2021. This extended holiday return policy applies to original purchases made between Oct. 8 – Dec. 10, 2020, at any NEX or through myNavyExchange.com

NMCRS Home Education Assistance Loan

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) COVID-19 Rapid Response Loan was increased to $1,500 and Home Education Assistance for Family Members is considered an eligible expense. This category is in response to the impact of modified school learning plans from COVID-19. Assistance is available with verified expenses (computer, internet, supplies, workbooks, tutoring) for dependent children, Kindergarten through 12th grade and dependent fulltime college students up to age 23. For more information or to make an appointment to apply for assistance, contact the Patuxent River NMCRS Office at 301-342-4739.

On-Demand Tutoring and Homework Help

Tutor.com/military is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members, civilian personnel and their dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7, military-connected students can receive academic help at their moment of need, anywhere they have an Internet connection. To learn more, visit Tutor.com/military

Appointments Needed for Household Goods Office

Due to COVID-19 precautions, personnel are restricted from walking into Personal Property until further notice. Service members should go to www.move.mil to create their shipment. If assistance is needed, contact this office at 301-757-9666; or reach us via email at paxriverhhg_mailbox@navy.mil. If we are out of the office, or after business hours, contact Customer Service at 855-444-6683.

Cloth Face Coverings

Cloth face coverings must be worn while on base; this includes service members, civilians, guests and families. People entering the NEX or Commissary are required to wear a cloth face covering or mask; otherwise they will be denied entry or asked to leave.

Drinking Fountains Reminder

Just a reminder, NAS Patuxent River Safety Department is securing the drinking spout portion of water fountains to comply with COVID-19 mitigation requirements. Water fountains with bottle fillers are still usable unless otherwise noted.

Civilian Employee Assistance Program

The Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program (DON CEAP) provides a wide range of free, confidential services to employees and their families. Employees can access services 24/7 through the DONCEAP by phone 1-844-DONCEAP (1-844-366-2327), TTY 1-800-635-2883, or https://magellanascend.com/.

Suicide Prevention Note

Noticed a friend posting thoughts about suicide on social media? Take the post seriously. Even if it seems like he or she may be joking or casually venting, remember that people may use humor to hide their pain. Reach out to your friend and ask if he or she is considering suicide. Share contact information for resources such as a chaplain, trusted leader, or Military Crisis Line (1-800-273-TALK, Option 1; text 838255 from a mobile device; or visit www.militarycrisisline.net.)

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR)

If you are a victim or know of someone who may be suffering in silence, reach out to NAS Pax River SAPR VA Watch Bill for confidential assistance: 24/7 at 301- 481-1057. You may also contact the DoD Safe Helpline for assistance: www.safehelpline.org. Call: 877- 995-5247, Text: 5-5247 inside the U.S.; 202- 470-5546 outside the U.S.

Where’s Gnorman Temporarily Suspended

Gnorman — like many other Pax personnel — is teleworking and will not be hiding in the pages of Tester again until the current COVID-19 situation has returned to normal.


Christmas Tree Disposal

Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Landfill and Convenience Centers free of charge. Undecorated trees may be placed in the designated areas at these sites through Jan. 31. Last year, the County collected nearly 2 tons of Christmas trees mixed with the collected yard waste and ground into mulch. More than 5,000 tons of mulch is available annually at the St. Andrews Landfill site and is provided to the citizens of St. Mary’s County free of charge, while supplies last.

Virtual MLK Jr. Prayer Celebration

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18

Southern Maryland Community College

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., via Zoom, with the theme What Matters to You. The program will begin with a keynote address by Crystal Marie Fleming, author and expert on global racism and white supremacy. A Day of Service event will offer drop-off points across the county for donations of nonperishable foods, new or gently worn shoes, and eyeglasses. For details, contact events@smcm.edu or call (240) 895-4310. Register in advance on Zoom at 222.wmdm.3eu/mlk

MLK Days 2021 Virtual Experience

11 a.m.-noon Jan. 16, 17 or 18

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center

Join our virtual resident artist, Esther Iverem, as she guides participants in the creation of an uplifting community art project, “Raise a Flag for MLK.” Meet the artist virtually, learn about her process, and create a unique collaborative art project. Explore Esther’s gallery show, Memory and Signal, in our Main Gallery or virtually on our website. Gallery show on view Jan. 16- Feb. 28. To register for this Zoom event, search annmariegarden.org and look for Events.

Appraiser Fair at St. Clement’s Island Museum

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23

St. Clement’s Island Museum

38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton’s Point, MD 20626

Meet with expert appraisers as they determine the value of your prized possessions. Those interested must call the museum to make an appointment with individual appraisers. Walk-ups permitted, but not guaranteed an appointment at (301) 769-2222. Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/342216450314325

County Health Department COVID-19 Testing

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri

Leonardtown and Lexington Park

COVID-19 Testing will continue to be provided by St. Mary’s County Health Department without an appointment. Visit www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing for more information. SMCHD patients will receive notice of COVID-19 test results via phone call, positive or negative. COVID-19 test results may also be accessed online by individuals who have insurance at: www.mdlab.com. Uninsured patients can request printed copies of test results from SMCHD by phone or email.

County Text-to-911 Messaging

The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services Text-to-911 emergency notification system is available statewide, and provides an additional way for residents to reach emergency services. To use the service, enter 911 in the “to” line of a text message, include a brief message describing your location, the emergency and type of service needed, and hit send. 911 dispatchers will respond and gather additional information as needed and dispatch appropriate emergency responders.

County Libraries

Due to the current COVID-19 surge locally, curbside service will continue uninterrupted, but library buildings are closed for in-person visits. May be open for appointment-only computer, printer and fax use. For more information, visit https://www.stmalib.org.

Social Services Food Hotline

The Department of Social Services has launched a local Food Hotline for residents needing assistance with food supply and can be accessed by calling 240-895-7000. For additional community resources, please visit the St. Mary’s County Government Community Resource map.

Local Information on COVID-19

For information and local updates relating to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please visit the St. Mary’s County Health Department’s website at: http://www.smchd.org/coronavirus/ or call (301) 475-4330.