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                 and for mitigation in a BCT environment, they
are treated the same as individuals with a positive COVID-19 swab test.) Upon completion of contact tracing, the Company Commander will assess the risk and likelihood that the symptomatic and positive Trainee/Cadre member has passed COVID-19 on to someone else. During the contact tracing process, individuals identified are referred to medical staff where they are surveyed about symptoms and possibly given an additional COVID-19 swab test.
positive test results within a bay. High-risk bays are those with three or more symptomatic and positive test results within a bay.
Once the risk level of a bay is determined, consolidation can occur. The purpose of consolidation is to reduce the BN’s footprint into
its organic footprint rather than the expanded footprint. As Fort Jackson picks-up a new BN nearly every week of the year, coordination between sister units is essential for the use of their facilities. Just as significant is the successful reduction of
the expanded footprint. Trainees may be moved from their initially assigned platoon or company to reduce the footprint during consolidation successfully. Still, while cross consolidation
can occur based on platoon/company, cross consolidation across risk categories should not happen. The medium and high-risk bays will
stay with their bay when training and will not
be consolidated as platoons (male and females training together) until there have been 10-14
days since the last positive test result/symptomatic removal Trainee(s). Due to the time between when an individual contracts COVID-19 and when symptoms present/positive test results occur, it is possible to have medium and high-risk bays up until graduation. (Training of medium and high- risk bays is discussed below). Green Beads are the only Trainees integrated with high, medium, low- risk bays or kept together in the same bay.
Based on the risk category, consolidation occurs as follows: low-risk bays can consolidate to full capacity. Low-risk Trainees consolidate with other low-risk Trainees and are not to be moved into medium or high-risk bays. Medium-risk bays
can consolidate with other medium-risk bays if bed space is a limiting factor (example: the sister unit that your Trainees are housing in is about to fill). High-risk bays are not consolidated unless the number of Trainees assigned to the bays is low (example: if there is a high-risk bay with only five Trainees, then that bay can be consolidated with another high-risk bay). In general, the higher the risk category, the lower bay strength. (This is done both because of Cadre staffing, every bay requires a minimum of one drill sergeant, and Trainee requirements, such as the ability to clean the bay and pull fireguard.) Again, Green Beads can be used as a passive barrier, and a high-risk bay could be composed of 30 high-risk Trainees and up to 35 Green Beads.
  COVID-19 tests are conducted a minimum of two times on each Trainee. The first test occurs
in the reception BN and must be negative for a Trainee to begin training. The second COVID-19 test is at the end of the Phase around day 10 (approximately 14 days after arriving on station) and is conducted within the BCT BN footprint.
The second test is notable as both Trainees and Cadre are tested (100%). Subsequent COVID tests are done at the recommendation of medical staff. Timely test results are important to the successful containment and mitigation of the virus. As soon as the unit receives a positive test result, the Trainee is moved immediately to the COVID-19 bay. The clock on the specific bay the Trainee came from is reset; generally 10-14 days are determined by the commander.
Responsible consolidation is the last step
of Yellow Phase and sets conditions for the establishment of the bubble. Consolidation is the process of condensing bays into platoons, and risk levels must be taken into consideration. Risk levels are broken down into three different categories: low, medium, and high. Low-risk bays had no symptomatic and no positive test result within a bay throughout Yellow Phase. Medium-risk bays are those with no more than two symptomatic and
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