Hurlburt Field upgrades to HPCON Charlie and declares a public health emergency

Hurlburt Field has elevated to HPCON Charlie  (WJHG/WECP)
Hurlburt Field has elevated to HPCON Charlie (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 25, 2020 at 4:14 PM CDT
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Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base have elevated one level to HPCON Charlie which indicates a substantial disease threat. This upgrade is part of the response to COVID-19.

HPCON Charlie is a health protocol that includes social distancing and sheltering in place if directed.

“The COVID-19 situation is very dynamic,” said Col. Mike Conley, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing. “Given the current situation, escalating the Health Protection Condition to Charlie is a logical next step to maintaining the health of our force, our families and our mission readiness. I’m talking daily with my counterparts around the panhandle, and while we each face slightly different problem sets, we’re very much tackling this issue as a team.”

The instillation has also declared a public health emergency. This allows them to authorize restrictions on movement, limit base access, and use facilities, materials, or services to assist an emergency response. This also allows them to direct medical testing.

“These measures will allow Hurlburt Field to proactively prepare for and manage a unified response to the conditions caused by COVID-19 with our military partners at Eglin AFB and the local community,” said Col. Conley. “They are intended to keep Hurlburt Field in line with the steps already taken by local government officials.”

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