Local military bases raise Health Protection Condition
By Staff Report, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs Office
/ Published March 10, 2020
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The U.S. Air Force Academy, in conjunction with the other military installations in the area, raised its Health Protection Condition level today to A from zero in response to the spread of COVID-19.
There have been no reported cases of the disease on the Academy. Raising the H-PCON merely aligns the Health Protection Condition with existing precautionary measures, and education of USAFA personnel in preventing a potential widespread outbreak.
The HPCON A declaration defines base measures for a limited disease threat to base personnel that has the potential to rapidly move into an area. Measures include educating personnel on the threats and precautionary measures and reviewing plans to limit communication of the disease.
Good hygiene practices are the best preventive measure to control the spread of viruses. Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding contact with those who have been sick, going to the doctor when you feel ill, and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Defense Coronavirus websites at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus.