WPAFB to bring up to 50% of workers back beginning today

WPAFB to bring up to 50% of workers back beginning today
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located in Greene and Montgomery counties and is the Dayton region's largest employer. (HANDOUT)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Wright-Patterson Air Force Base announced it will lower its health protection level from ‘Charlie’ to ‘Bravo’ beginning today, opening the door for more employees to return to base.

Base Commander Col. Patrick Miller made the announcement during a town hall last week.

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“This is recognition that you’re doing the right thing,” Miller said.

Under the change, the base will permit up to 50 percent of the workforce to return to the base. The base is currently only permitting 20 percent of the workforce on base.

“I’m not telling you to bring 50 percent of your workers back to the installation," Miller said. “They have the ability to bring up to 50 percent back…not a target.”

The base also will expand event and meeting attendance to a 50 person maximum.

Miller said they are still encouraging those who can telework to continue to do so, but asked workers to check with their supervisor or commander to see what their individual employment status is.

The decision was made after Miller said the base waited to see what impacts the Labor Day holiday and back-to-school would have on the installation.

Medical experts said the case transmission rate at the base is “extremely low.”

Under the ‘Bravo’ status, the base is seeing an outbreak or heightened exposure risk and strict hygiene remains in place, which includes no handshaking and wiping common use items.

The base also will continue to require face coverings inside buildings on the base.