WPAFB downgrades health protection level; Here’s what it means

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is dropping its COVID-19 situation to HPCON Charlie, which is a step below HPCON Delta.

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The base has been at HPCON Delta since Jan. 7, after hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases soared primarily from COVID-19 omicron cases, according to health officials.

Over the last month, hospitalizations across the state have plummeted from a peak of 6,749 hospitalizations statewide on Jan. 10 to 2,669 statewide on Thursday afternoon.

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Under HPCON Charlie there is still substantial spread of COVID-19 and base workers are asked to limit meetings and other social gatherings, according to the Department of Defense.

A Public Health Emergency remains at the base with facility occupancy status now capped at less than 25 percent of marked occupancy.

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.