TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Davis-Monthan Air Force Base announced on Wednesday, March 26, that the 355th Wing Commander has directed an upgrade to Health Protection Condition Charlie in response to the Secretary of Defense order for all Department of Defense Components to implement the HPCON upgrade because of COVID-19.
One person, an Air Force civil servant assigned to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, is undergoing treatment following a positive COVID-19 test result on Mar. 26. The person has not been on base since Mar. 19.
The full release from the Air Force is below:
Davis-Monthan upgraded to Health Protection Condition CHARLIE
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – In response to the Secretary of Defense order for all Department of Defense Components to implement Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie, the 355th Wing Commander has directed an upgrade from HPCON Bravo to Charlie for Davis-Monthan in response to COVID-19.
There are zero confirmed cases at Davis-Monthan and the Pima County Health Department assesses the current risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the county as moderate. The health of our Airmen, their families and our community partners remains our top priority, and this is a prudent measure taken to help minimize the potential spread of the virus at Davis-Monthan and within the county.
Flying operations are paused until further notice. Personnel should contact their leadership for further details. HPCON Charlie and Davis-Monthan’s updated posture includes the following actions: - Strict hygiene (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 - Practicing social distancing and refraining from physical contact such as hand shaking, fist bumps, and sharing food - Cancellation of large-scale community events Airmen and their families can remain informed about COVID-19 using the list of resources below. If members of the Davis-Monthan community develop symptoms, come into close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or who has recently traveled from an affected area, they should immediately contact 355th Medical Group Public Health’s COVID-19 Helpline (520-228-1904).
Davis-Monthan AFB COVID-19 Information: https://www.dm.af.mil/COVID-19-Updates/
Davis-Monthan AFB Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DMAFB/
Davis-Monthan AFB Twitter: https://twitter.com/DMAFB
Pima County Health Department COVID-19 Information: https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=527452
U.S. Air Force COVID-19 Information: https://www.af.mil/News/Coronavirus-Disease-2019/
Department of Defense COVID-19 Information: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/
Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html