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Current Air Force Information: https://www.af.mil/News/Coronavirus-Disease-2019/


As of Nov. 19, 2020, Tinker AFB is in Health Protection Condition CHARLIE.

HPCON Charlie includes the following actions: (Nov. 19 updates shown in red)

  • All official travel for all military and civilian members must be approved by the first O-6 or equivalent in the member’s chain, and must always include risk assessment as directed by 72 ABW Public Health (for COVID-like symptoms or contact with COVID-positive person) both prior to departure and return.
  • All Active Duty leaves outside the local area (defined as over 3-hour drive from residence) must be approved by the first O-6 or equivalent in the chain, and must always include risk assessment as directed by 72 ABW Public Health (for COVID-like symptoms or contact with COVID-positive person) both prior to departure and return.
  • All civilians are highly encouraged to remain in the local area while on leave, and reminded that if in contact with a COVID-positive person or exhibiting COVID symptoms while away and/or upon return, will be subject to 14 days of Restriction of Movement or Quarantine as appropriate—for which some form of personal leave may be used. Civilians must always be risk assessed as directed by 72 ABW Public Health (for COVID-like symptoms or contact with COVID-positive person) prior to return from leave.
  • All Commissary patrons must possess a valid ID Card, with exception of disabled veterans/retirees needing visitor assistance to shop.
  • Installation access is limited to valid ID Card holders and Official Business visitors (contract workers, mission deliveries, etc), with exceptions of Housing Resident visitors and helpers for disabled veterans/retirees.
  • Effective Nov. 23, 2020, all indoor non-mission-essential public gatherings are limited to 10 people, and all outdoor non-mission-essential public gatherings are limited to 100 people. Whether indoors or outdoors, masks will be worn the entire duration of the assembly and CDC distancing guidelines will be observed. An aircraft hangar with its main doors open may be considered an outdoor venue. These elements for public gatherings supersede the Nov. 5, 2020 gathering policy. A new policy memorandum will follow.
  • Masks must be worn in all public non-duty indoor areas regardless of distancing.
  • Eating establishments: Effective Oct. 17, 2020, all installation dining establishments will be take-out only.
  • Installation public gathering policy has been updated with additional mitigations.
  • Effective Oct. 17, 2020, Gerrity Fitness Center is limited to active duty/reserve military and civilian employees.
  • The Trusted Traveler program remains suspended; the Visitor Control Center remains open 24/7.
  • Active duty members who are classified as “contacts” of COVID-19 positive patients will be placed on quarters in Aeromedical Services Information System.
  • At Child Development Centers, parents/guardians will continue to be denied entry, will drop children at the entry control point, and children will be screened and temperature checked.
  • Facilities will continue or resume single-point-entry with clear signage displaying the Public Health questionnaire and have hand sanitizer available.
  • The airfield is Official Business Only (during 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. local time)
  • FTAC, NEO, ALS and other training/orientations must be social distanced and in accordance with June 1, 2020 Installation Public gathering memorandum.
  • All customer service points on the installation should install plexiglass barriers, if not already accomplished.  Call 734-3117 to initiate a work order.
  • Commanders, Civilian Leaders, and supervisors enforce employee mask wear whenever distancing is not possible (where not limited by safety or mission requirements).
  • Practice strict hygiene measures such as frequently washing and/or sanitizing hands; wiping common-use items with disinfectant; covering mouths and noses with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing; and staying home when sick.
  • Practice social distancing and refrain from physical contact such as hand shaking, fist bumps, etc.

Previous installation-specific travel guidance (20 May 20-Military Restricted Movement Guidance; 4 Jun 20-Civilian Travel Guidance During COVID-19 Pandemic are both rescinded. All installation members will now adhere to SECDEF and Air Force conditions-based travel guidance. Refer to https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/ for the most current list of unrestricted states and countries for travel.


The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly changing situation.  The two included attachments from the CDC will provide you with general information on what you need to know about COVID-19 and how to stop the spread of germs. In addition to these measures, it is important to stay informed on travel recommendations and restrictions. For travelers returning from overseas areas, home monitoring, quarantine, and/or isolation are NOT currently recommended by the CDC; except for travelers returning from Level 2 or Level 3 countries. For travelers returning from Level 3 countries within the past 14 days who also have symptoms of cough, fever, or shortness of breath, please seek medical care. For individuals, including health care workers, who have had close contact with a known case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days, please seek medical care. Call ahead of your medical visit for instructions and to notify the medical team of recent travel or close contact to a known case of COVID-19.

These recommendations may change in the near future, and we will continue to update recommendations IAW guidance from the CDC, OSDH and DOD.  We will provide updates as necessary. If you have any Tinker AFB questions concerning the novel coronavirus, contact the 72d Medical Group Public Health Office at (405) 582-6542. 

Tinker's COVID-19 Hotline: 405-582-6297

Free COVID Testing

Oklahoma County

Oklahoma City-County Health Dept:

  • 2 testing sites
  • By appointment only
  • 405-425-4489
  • 7 to 10 days for results
  • Must file an ROI to get test results

Oklahoma State Health Department

  • 405-271-7774
  • By appointment only
  • Will send an email with an embedded bar code to be presented
  • Must have ID, must wear a mask, and only person being tested may be in vehicle
  • 3 to 8 business days to receive results
  • Must file an ROI to get test results
  • OSDH will send an email

Canadian County

  1. Free of charge COVID-19 testing
  2. Drive thru testing
  3. No PPE required
  4. No cap on how many individuals can be in the vehicle
  5. Test turnaround for results is about 48 hrs
  6. Two testing location El Reno and Yukon
  7. Must make an appointment by calling 405-262-0042 to get tested because there is a limit of tests per day.


Cleveland County

  • Free of charge COVID-19 testing
  • Drive thru testing
  • No PPE required
  • No cap on how many individuals can be in the vehicle
  • For essential workers test  turnaround is 3-4 days
  • For non-essential test result turnaround is roughly 7 days
  • Must call 405-321-4048 ext. 409 or 410 to make appointment for COVID testing

Frequently Asked Questions


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CDC Recommends

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.