Possible COVID Cases At Barksdale, Base Declares Emergency
The COVID-19 outbreak response has made it's way to Barksdale Air Force Base. A video release from the base was sent out this evening from Vice Commander Col. Scott Weyermuller, which said:
“The COVID-19 situation in the local area remains dynamic. We have recently identified persons under investigation for COVID-19 on Barksdale Air Force Base, and we are taking active measures to limit exposure to our personnel, their families, and the local community.”
The information provided by the base says that their commander has declared a "Public Health Emergency on the base. Which raises their "Health Protection Condition" level.
These measures mean that the base will now only be open for official business. Only military members, civilian employees, and Department of Defense affiliate personnel (retirees, dependents, and contractors) who are conducting official business or have appointments, will be allowed on base. This order excludes entering Barksdale for shopping, using morale facilities like the base exchange, commissary, or fitness center.
However, it does mean that all Department of Defense, and non-DoD affiliated personnel, currently living on base will maintain base access.