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                  bays is to ensure that they are at no more than 50% capacity. To reduce the number of Trainees in a bay, coordination to use a sister BN’s footprint is conducted.
In some cases, this requires coordination with multiple sister BNs. The expanded footprint is an effective technique; however, it involves additional planning considerations. Spreading out into two or three BN’s footprints doubles or triples the
staff duty requirements and the added logistical challenge of getting all necessary supplies, including meals, to the Trainees.
During Controlled Monitoring, both Trainees and Cadre alike have their temperature taken twice a day. They also complete a verbal survey every morning. These surveys screen for COVID-19 symptoms. An increased body temperature is
a symptom of COVID-19; this symptom is not present in all cases. The verbal survey helps detect cases that do not present with a fever.
Throughout Yellow Phase, the Trainees do not physically interact with anyone outside of their respective bays. They eat, sleep, exercise, and
train as a bay. It is essential to clarify that Trainees spend as much time outside as possible during controlled monitoring; they are not confined to the bay. Trainees conduct Physical Readiness Training (PRT) outside and eat meals outside. Being outside is another crucial COVID-19 mitigation technique. However, while outside of their bays, Trainees do not interact with anyone outside of their bay. They stay within the expanded BN footprint. They do not go to ranges or other facilities that the BN does not control. All required outside interaction is conducted virtually, including worship services. To reduce the number of Cadre members, the Trainees are exposed to; Drill Sergeants are assigned
to specific bays and stay with those Trainees throughout Yellow Phase.
Sanitation requirements are critical in establishing the bubble, especially for those bays that have had positive COVID-19 test results
or symptomatic Trainees in them. The most important areas to sanitize are the commonly touched areas such as door handles, handrails, faucet handles, toilet handles, etc. Mopping floors does little to nothing regarding the containment of COVID-19. It is also vital to ensure that Trainees
and Cadre alike practice good hygiene, wear masks, maintain distancing from Cadre and other Trainees, use hand sanitizer, and wear gloves when using commonly touched items.
Green Beads are a COVID-19 reduction multiplier in creating the bubble, as there is no need to socially distance them from other Green Beads or non-Green Beads. Thus, Green Beads can be used to help further separate the non-Green Bead Trainees within the bays. Green Beads are assigned beds in-between the other Trainees, and they act as a passive barrier within the bays at night. With all mitigation methods that have been implemented throughout Fort Jackson, the spread of COVID-19 during BCT is generally located and contained within individual bays. Due to the limited number of bays on the installation and a limited number
of Cadre members to supervise the Trainees, this remains the most challenging risk to mitigate.
Timely and effective contact tracing is another crucial component of both bubble creation and maintenance. The limited interactions and reduced bay size during Controlled Monitoring make contact tracing easier. The company conducts contact tracing after a positive or medically- diagnosed case of COVID-19. (It is important to note that COVID-19 tests, like all medical tests,
are not 100% accurate, and false negatives, when an individual’s results state negative, but they
are positive, can occur. If a Trainee shows signs/ symptoms of COVID-19, they will be taken to medical personnel for a full screening and may be deemed COVID-19 positive even with negative results due to symptom presentation. These individuals are referred to as medically diagnosed,
Evolving Containment
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