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The Navy has resumed regular urinalysis testing with the release of NAVADMIN 100/21 on May 21.
The message cancels the temporary policy allowing for the suspension of collection operations to mitigate Sailor exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic. This aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement supporting the safe return to many activities halted during the pandemic.
Additionally, maintaining a robust and drug free workplace is Navy’s best deterrence to misuse of illicit and prescription drugs.
“Commands will return to normal testing procedures and requirements,” wrote Vice Adm. John B. Nowell, Jr, the Chief of Naval Personnel, in the message.
Commands not able to resume testing must explain those reasons to their echelon 3 commanders. This includes commands in the remaining areas and situational environments where COVID-19 restrictions limit or prevent testing.
“Commands shall not recall individuals who are restricted in movement or quarantined, except in cases of probable cause, or as determined by the commanding officer in consultation with a local Judge Advocate General officer,” Nowell wrote.
Telework does not excuse an individual from participating in urinalysis, the message said. Also, Sailors assigned to non-Navy activities will follow their current command’s policies.
Commands must ensure everyone involved in urinalysis specimen collection observes current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended COVID-19 safety measures, including wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distancing.
After each collection, Sailors, Urinalysis Program Coordinators and observers gathering specimens must wipe down all surfaces contacted, including tables, faucets and door handles. Avoid any personal touching if possible and wash hands if any contact occurs during the process.
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