Tag: COVID-19
  • ERDC researchers help prioritize support for Rhode Island hospitals during omicron surge

    When both the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) needed to prioritize hospital support in New England during the COVID-19 omicron variant surge in the beginning of January, they turned to the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Risk and Decision Science Team (RADST) led by Jeff Cegan.
  • ERDC receives patent for portable medical units

    The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers met the challenge to provide additional hospital rooms for COVID-19 patients by inventing portable medical units created at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). Relieving overcrowded hospital facilities, these prefabricated containers were modified as medical isolation rooms and received U. S. Patent 11103406, titled “Airborne infectious disease isolation units and method of making using prefabricated containers.” The patent was issued in August 2021 for the six-member invention team at ERDC’s Installation Operations Command (IOC) Installation Support Division.
  • Like a tornado through his body: Pittsburgh District employee fights for his life, survives COVID-19

    He described it like being in the grasp of a giant. Every time he tried to suck in air, an invisible fist squeezed tighter around his body, collapsing his lungs.
  • Uncle Sam wants you – to get vaccinated

    In an effort to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations in their communities, Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees have been sharing their vaccination stories.
  • Logistics team removes area offices’ excess equipment

    In the early morning hours of their five-day trip to Duluth, Minnesota, the Detroit District Logistics team were quietly loading excess equipment onto a flat-bed truck headed south. The equipment’s destination was the UNICOR facility in Kansas, an electronics recycling center that converts electronics into recyclable materials for resale to registered vendors. “By using UNICOR, we estimate $8,000 in savings to the district based on acquisition cost,” said Detroit District Logistics Manager Jena Graham. “Due to the area offices being spread out, it was not cost effective to consolidate their excess at one location for a typical pick-up.” A one-way trip from the District Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan to the Duluth Area Office in Minnesota is nearly a 12-hour drive.
  • USACE closes Dewey Short Visitor Center due to COVID-19 concerns

    BRANSON, Mo. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District is closing the Dewey Short Visitor Center on July 31.
  • 21-043 Ice Harbor Visitor Center closed until further notice due to COVID-19

    BURBANK, Wash. – The visitor center at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam, located at Snake River Mile 9.7, on Ice Harbor Road, near Burbank, Washington, will be closed until further notice, effective immediately.
  • Former FED HQ compound has new mission

    As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District (FED) remembers the accomplishments of its past, the District also takes a few moments to learn about the new mission of an important part of its history, the former FED headquarters Dongdaemun compound.
  • Far East District’s STEAM outreach thrives despite COVID-19 restrictions

    “If you’re bored with playing, you can just go to the pool,” explained one student while showcasing his dream house design. “I see a future engineer!” exclaimed Chad McLeod, chief of Construction Division. For the second year in a row, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Far East District (FED) volunteers virtually shared their Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) expertise and captured children’s imaginations with engaging STEAM activities, May 27. The event was a part of a relationship with Humphreys Central Elementary School that started in 2013.
  • NR 21-23: Select passes get extension; pick up updated month sticker

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 24, 2021) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District reminds customers and visitors that have USACE Annual Day Use and America the Beautiful Annual Passes are eligible for an extension.