71st FTW commander's declaration of HPCON B

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VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Col. Corey Simmons, 71st Flying Training Wing commander, has raised the Health Protection Condition from Alpha to Bravo.

While there are no positive COVID-19 personnel on the installation as of this release, the base has chosen to err on the side of abundant caution and implement more stringent health protection measures.

HPCON Bravo includes the following prevention and mitigation actions:

● Review all health alerts

● Review plans and preparations (i.e., training, stocks, and posture)

● Strict hygiene (no handshaking, wipe down commonly used items)

● If exposed, self-isolate (stay at home)

● Avoid contaminated water/food or risk area

● Vector control

● Routine hand washing

● Cough/sneeze into sleeve

● Healthy diet, exercise, vaccinations and education

● Vance personnel should communicate personal risk, symptoms or questions to the 71st Medical Group at 580-213-7416 during duty hours, and to the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800- 874-2273 after duty hours.

HPCON B measures are mandatory for Vance AFB service members and are highly encouraged for Department of Defense civilian and contractor employees, and family members.

These measures are required to ensure the continued health and safety for Vance’s downtown partners, civilians and their families.

Everyone should remain informed regarding the symptoms of COVID-19 (see links below) and immediately contact medical authorities if you develop symptoms, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an affected area.

Travel Update: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

Department of State Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

CDC Health Travel Notices: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/

Expect updates to HPCON & additional guidance via Public Affairs.