News and Features

  • Up-to-date West Point Q & A on Coronavirus

    Q: What are the conditions at West Point (as of Tuesday)?  
    A: The current risk level to the West Point community is MODERATE. We have two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at West Point.  For more information, visit www.westpoint.edu/news/press-releases.
    For any questions about Keller Army Community Hospital, go to www.facebook.com/kellerarmycommunityhospital and kach.amedd.army.mil.

    Q: Where can the most up-to-date information be found?  
    Continue to monitor our website at www.westpoint.edu/coronavirus and social media sites at Twitter: @WestPoint_USMA and Facebook: @USAGWestPoint for current updates.

    Q: Are the cadets able to learn via virtual/online learning?
    A: Yes, online learning began March 19. The Dean’s team has a website with recommended best practices for virtual learning. The website can be found at https://www.westpoint.edu/centers-and-research/center-for-teaching-excellence/remote-teaching. Read More

  • Keller Corner: Update on Coronavirus

    Keller Army Community Hospital will provide over-the-counter “cold packs” to beneficiaries, living on West Point, who are exhibiting cold symptoms and “do not” meet the COVID-19 screening criteria.
    The cold packs are separated into two criteria:
    • Adult (12 years and older)—The adult cold pack contains ibuprofen (Motrin) 200mg tablets, phenylephrine (Pseudogest PE) 10mg tablets, guaifenesin (Mucinex) 600mg tablets and sore throat lozenges.
    • Pediatric (2-12 YEARS OLD)—The pediatric cold pack contains ibuprofen (Motrin) 100mg/5ml liquid and saline nasal spray.
    To obtain a cold pack, call the Keller Pharmacy at 845-938-2271/6199 and Keller will confirm eligibility, verify allergies and let you know a time you can come for “in car” pick-up within 24 hours of the request.
    The pick-up location is the traffic circle outside of the Brian D. Read More

  • Temperature check: West Point implements screenings at gates to combat COVID-19

    Last week, new gate screening measures were enacted at the entry points to West Point aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19.
    As of Tuesday morning, there were already more than 25,000 confirmed cases in New York with most of them within an hour of West Point in New York City. To protect the families living on post and the workforce commuting in daily, everyone entering post will now have their temperature checked and be required to answer a series of questions to determine whether they should be allowed to freely enter or be placed into quarantine.
    To help facilitate the screenings, Washington Gate has temporarily been closed and all traffic must enter through either Thayer or Stony Lonesome gates.
    Following long lines at the gates during the first two days of implementation, it was announced Monday that on weekdays between 7-8 a.m. Read More

  • DeCA, West Point Commissary adjust shopping limits, implement other changes

    The Defense Commissary Agency announced several operational policies to help stores better serve customers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    These policies include the following actions:
    • Effective immediately, a 100% ID card check at all commissaries, so that only authorized customers—this includes disabled veterans with a Veteran Health Indentification Card—will be able to shop. While this policy is in effect, visitors will not be allowed to enter the commissary. This is designed to help with social distancing and crowd control. Children under 10 with their parents don’t need an ID card.
    • Effective as of March 15, to prevent customer-to-customer spread of germs, commissary cashiers no longer handle patron ID cards. Instead, customers will be asked to scan their own ID. Cashiers can use the handheld scanner if available or have the customer scan their own card. Read More

  • Office 365 transition helps West Point adapt during COVID-19

    Friday afternoon from my dining room I joined a video conference with Col. Ed Teague, the U.S. Military Academy’s chief information officer, via Microsoft Teams.
    The plan was to talk about how vital the introduction of Microsoft Office 365 at West Point has become in the last few weeks, and what better way to conduct an interview about the service than by using it.
    Teague himself quickly found out just how vital the new systems, which were put into place starting in the fall of 2018, are when he was forced to undergo a 14-day quarantine in his home after traveling to Brazil with his wife over spring break to visit their daughter at the Military Engineering Institute. His quarantine and my transition to mostly teleworking, along with a large portion of the academy’s workforce in nonessential positions, made conducting the interview in person impossible. Read More

  • Setting up Coronavirus quarantine at West Point

    The West Point Directorate of Public Works crews are hard at work preparing the old IHG Hotel on post to serve as a quarantine/isolation facility if there are any COVID-19 cases on West Point. The current risk level to the West Point community is moderate and there are two known COVID-19 cases at West Point. Although the current threat is moderate at the U.S. Military Academy, Keller Army Community Hospital and the West Point Garrison are prepared for any contingency. Read More

  • Life in quarantine: A family perspective on West Point

    The new office set up has turned into the couch in the living room with our laptops warming our legs as the children run rampant throughout the house with the dog. Typical office background noise such as copy machines and phone chatter has been replaced by Baby Shark and Peppa Pig playing on the television.
    This is our life in quarantine. My husband, Tony, who works in the academy’s Visual Information department, and I didn’t anticipate returning from spring break just to spend another two weeks in our quarters at West Point.
    After disembarking our cruise ship, our command informed us we would have to self-quarantine, which meant we could not leave our house and we had to practice safe social distancing with anyone we encountered. Read More

  • COVID-19: MWR facility and program updates

    The following services remain OPEN (until further notice):
    • Dog Parks—Please limit groups and cleanup after yourself.
    • West Point Bowling Center—Open 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Food delivery and pick up only.

    The following services are closed or cancelled (until further notice):
    • MWR Administrative Offices.
    • Army Community Service—Recommend using MilitaryOneSource.mil.
    • Arts & Crafts—Classes are cancelled. Virtual classes are available via the Arts & Crafts Facebook.
    • Auto Skills.
    • BOSS.
    • CYS (All programs).
    • MWR Fitness Center.
    • Intramural Sports.
    • Leisure Travel.
    • Morgan Farm—Staff on-site to care for animals. All pet kenneling reservations cancelled through April 30.
    •  Outdoor Recreation—All reservations canceled through April 30.
    • Special Events:
    ◦ Brewfest 2020 (April 17) has been canceled. Read More

  • Army working to develop COVID-19 vaccines as force preps its response

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command and U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases are aiding in the development of five separate COVID-19 vaccines, Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy announced March 19.
    In support of the federal government’s plan to combat the virus, the Army received an additional $900 million in funding to help prevent, detect and treat the disease, McCarthy said.
    “We got to spend a few hours with extraordinary Americans who are at the forefront of this fight. We are giving them all the resources that they can try … to help knock down any roadblocks in their path,” McCarthy said about his visit to Fort Detrick, Maryland.
    The Army is doing all it can to assist the global medical community as they work together to defeat COVID-19, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Read More

  • COMMUNITY FEATURED ITEM

    West Point Tax Center closed and IRS extension
    The West Point Tax Center is officially closed. However, the IRS has extended the federal income tax filing and payment deadlines.
    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the IRS is automatically extending the federal income tax filing and payment deadlines until July 15. This extensions applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.
    Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief.
    Please note, the extension does not apply to state income tax filings or payments. Check with your state of residence for state income tax filing and payment deadlines. Read More

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