Keesler Air Force Base is currently monitoring three positive cases of COVID-19 for an active duty Airman, a spouse of a sister service member, and a retiree.
According to Keesler, the individuals are in isolation, and the Mississippi Department of Health has been notified. On-base public health officials have begun the contract tracing process to notify those who may have come in contact with the positive individuals.
“Our command team is directly involved with each member as is the medical team,” said Col. Heather Blackwell, 81st Training Wing commander, “and I am very impressed with their response and communication on that piece. What this does remind us is that we need to remain diligent in our efforts to keep social distancing, washing our hands and if you are sick, please speak up.”
Keesler Air Force Base remains at Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie. There are no immediate, additional restrictions in place, however, they may be implemented in the future.
According to a press release from Keesler, the Keesler Medical Center continues to take all necessary precautions to protect their forces and family members while safeguarding their healthcare mission capabilities during the current global outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19). To keep up-to-date on closures, visit the Keesler Website at https://www.keesler.af.mil/Health/.
Keesler advises everyone to remain informed regarding the symptoms of COVID-19 and should contact the Dragon Health Hotline 228-376-7132 or the Nurse Advice Hotline at 1-800-874-2273.