As COVID-19 cases grow, Tyndall Air Force Base takes extra precautions

Patients must have their temperatures taken upon check-in of the base dental clinic. (WJHG/WECP)
Patients must have their temperatures taken upon check-in of the base dental clinic. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 20, 2020 at 5:40 PM CDT
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Tyndall Air Force Base is preparing for a different kind of fight.

“We have regular scheduled training exercises that we like to do where we practice natural disasters or disease outbreaks,” said Lt Col Dr. Michael Frayser, public health emergency officer for the base.

To protect against COVID-19 you’ll find things on base like social distancing, temperature checking, and N95 face-masks.

Frayser said, “Some of the daily activities that we’re doing here have been scaled back, but for the most part if you look around you’ll see normal day to day operations that you would on an Air Force base.”

In the Air Force there are different health protection conditions depending on the situation. They range from HP Con 0 through HP Con Delta, which is considered the highest level, but Friday afternoon officials enacted HP Con Bravo.

“Charlie would be more than that, that we’ve noticed a continual spread of that disease and it’s increasing in our local community, and then Delta even more so, up to including the possibility of us experiencing deaths in the local community,” said Frayser.

The base can take samples of active duty members with COVID-19 symptoms. The samples are then sent to the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine for processing.

“We currently have not yet tested anybody but we stand by ready and prepared to do that if and when we do have a patient,” said Frayser.

Like the rest of the country, Tyndall is adapting to the ever-changing situation, and urges everyone to remain calm through this uncertain time.

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