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Schriever member tests positive for COVID-19 - 03/23/20

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. —The first Schriever member tested positive for COVID-19. 

A 50th Space Wing government civilian has been in isolation at home since March 17 and is receiving care in accordance with Centers for Disease Control, Force Health Protection and 21st Medical Group guidelines.

“This is exactly why we have taken the serious precautions we have to limit further transmission of the Coronavirus,” said Col. James Smith, installation commander. “We remain committed to preserving our team members’ ability to provide for our nation’s defense and sustain current worldwide military missions.”

Officials are researching the details regarding this exposure.  All known contacts have been teleworking since March 17 as a precaution. 

Additionally, Smith declared a Public Health Emergency at Schriever.  This will largely be transparent to base members as leadership leaned forward in closing base facilities, restricting movement and implementing isolation and quarantine where appropriate.

“According to what we know about COVID-19, this week is going to be critical to our preventing the spread of the virus,” said Smith.  “Please continue to heed the social distancing, reduced access and telework guidelines to the maximum extent possible.  We cannot afford complacency within our team.”

Leaders have implemented the following actions:

  • Restricted Area (RA) access limited to specified mission essential personnel only
  • Child Development Center and School Age Center, Outdoor Recreation Framing and Engraving, Fitness Center and Indoor Running Track, including after-hours access, Event Center and Bennie’s are closed
  • Large events and gatherings of more than 10 personnel are canceled or postponed
  • Base Shuttle service inside and outside the RA will be suspended
  • The following services are available by appointment only:  50th Force Support Squadron, 50th Comptroller Squadron and Airman and Family Readiness Center
  • Facilities outside the RA, not specifically identified above, are open;  however, commanders and supervisors have minimized the number of personnel in work centers, primarily through telework
  • The Satellite Dish Dining Facility is limited to Building 300/400 occupants and 50th Space Wing mission essential personnel only and is take-out only
  • Food truck service is suspended
  • Ongoing construction projects outside the RA will continue
  • Construction projects inside the RA are considered on a case by case basis

“We are aligning the base posture with existing measures across the state and in direct consideration of our installation’s critical mission sets,” said Smith.  “Our national space-based capabilities allow our military leaders to see the battlespace with clarity, provide early warning, strike with precision, navigate with accuracy, communicate with certainty, understand weather impacts and operate anywhere in the world.” 

Leaders continue to encourage good hygiene practices as the best preventive measure to control the spread of viruses. Personnel are encouraged to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid contact with those who have been sick, seek medical care when feeling ill and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.  

Schriever members who are ill are encouraged to call the appointment line at (719) 526-2273 for care and practice social distancing, which means staying home and not attending large gatherings until care is accessed. 

 

For the latest COVID-19 information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the Department of Defense Coronavirus website at:

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/.  

 

 

 

 

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