Joint Base Andrews, Others In Ncr, Go To Hpcon Charlie Over Covid-19 Worries
Joint Base Andrews and several other installations inside the Washington D.C. vicinity expanded their health safety circumstance to HPCON Charlie at three p.m. these days in response to the coronavirus pandemic, consistent with a media launch.
At the path of Col. Andrew Purath, the commander of the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews, the bottom shifted from HPCON Bravo, in line with the discharge. Other navy bases all through the National Capital Region have further shifted to HPCON Charlie.
HPCON Charlie shows huge risk and sustained network transmission of the COVID-19 disorder. The highest level is HPCON Delta, which indicates severe risk and widespread community transmission.
Operational readiness at the base — home of the 89th Airlift Wing, which flies the VC-25A Boeing 747 known as “Air Force One” when the president is aboard — isn’t affected, according to the release.
In addition to Joint Base Andrews, Armed Forces Retirement Homes (Washington, D.C., and Gulfport, Mississippi) and Naval District Washington are also now at HPCON Charlie, spokesman Zachary Baddorf tells Military Times.
Others within the place also are at HPCON Bravo.
The circulate comes because the Pentagon reported what it believes is the first demise of a DoD worker testing fantastic for COVID-19.RELATED
Pentagon officials advised Military Times that the wide variety of provider individuals testing fantastic for COVID-19 jumped almost 66 percentage in view that Friday morning, from 67 on 111 as of Sunday morning.
As of Sunday afternoon, there have been 111 service contributors, 32 civilians, 37 dependents and 31 contractors with showed instances of COVID-19, officers told Military Times. That’s almost double the range of carrier contributors and contractors with showed instances reported Friday morning, whilst there had been 67 service participants scuffling with COVID-19, in line with Pentagon statistics, as well as 15 DoD civilians, 26 dependents and 16 contractors.
That’s approximately a 31-percentage soar for troops — fifty one cases were mentioned the day prior to this — and greater than a 60-percentage leap for dependents over Thursday’s totals. The navy health device had tested greater than 1,500 samples as of Thursday.
Under HPCON Charlie, the set up team of workers, residents, and community the use of base offerings have to:
*Expect cancellation of in-individual gatherings (e.g., schools, daycare, all community sports) and confined capability to travel.
*Plan sports for family members, especially youngsters, in case you are confined to your own home for prolonged durations of time.
*Prepare for restrained and/or confined get right of entry to to the installation if directed.
*Implement faraway paintings processes as directed.
“Our pinnacle precedence is defensive everyone’s health,” Purath stated. “We are working in near partnership with regional, state and county officials to help save you the spread of the coronavirus on base and inside the network. During this tough time, all of us need to do our part to guard our fellow service contributors, our households and our network.”
The requirements underneath HPCON Charlie are obligatory for all Joint Base Andrews service participants and are exceedingly endorsed for DoD civilian, contractor employees, and family individuals. The base has already implemented precautions all through the bottom to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19, which includes modifications to approaches at its gates and clinical facilities.
On March 24 at eleven a.m., Purath and his command chief will keep a Facebook Live session to deal with worries round COVID-19. The stay circulation can be accessed on the Joint Base Andrews Facebook web page: www.fb.com/jointbaseandrews
The most up to date statistics is available on the Joint Base Andrews COVID-19 website: https://www.jba.af.mil/Home/COVID-19-Coronavirus/ . The website consists of hours of operation for centers on base.
Howard Altman is an award-triumphing editor and reporter who became previously the military reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and earlier than that the Tampa Tribune, in which he included USCENTCOM, USSOCOM and SOF writ large among many other subjects.