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WPAFB is at Health Protection level BRAVO due to rising Covid cases

FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 3:12 p.m.

Wright Patterson Air Force Base said on its Facebook Page that more information will be posted Tuesday as information is available.

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Wright Patterson Air Force Base announced on its website Sunday afternoon and social media that it has transition to Health Protection level BRAVO due to the steadily rising number COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations at the base.

The base will not enact a public health emergency at this time and that mask wearing is not required, the statement said.

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It said Sunday that masks are still required at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center at all times.

Wright-Patterson Air Force base said it saw an average of 18 new cases per day in the month of June.

HPCON Bravo looks different than previously seen in accordance with the new Department of Defense policy, the statement said. The two most relevant changes are:

  • (1) Less than 80 percent of normal occupancy in the workplace; and
  • (2) Mandatory COVID-19 screening testing for unvaccinated personnel, regardless of exemption status. Reduced workplace occupancy may be achieved through telework, remote work, flexible scheduling, and other methods, as appropriate. COVID-19 screening testing is required at least weekly for base employees who are not fully vaccinated, including those who have an exemption request under review or who are exempted from COVID-19 vaccinations prior to entering a DoD facility (which includes leased space).

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Base employees are reminded to know the rules on when to isolate and quarantine and that Wright Patterson Medical Center has booster shots available, the Base said Sunday.

It also said to wear a mask for 10 days if you test positive or are a close contact, practice good hygiene, social distance and if you are sick, stay home.