Wright-Patterson Air Force base has first confirmed case of COVID-19

Posted at 10:05 AM, Mar 22, 2020

GREENE COUNTY, Ohio — Wright-Patterson Air Force base has their first confirmed case of COVID-19.

“This is our first confirmed case,” said Col. Thomas Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing commander. “The continued safety and well-being of the Wright-Patterson community is my top priority. We are working with our base medical staff and off-base health care agencies to ensure we mitigate the effects of COVID-19 using established Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Defense Department guidelines.”

Wright-Patterson officials are working closely with the Ohio Department of Health to coordinate prevention and response efforts in the local area.

“We are encouraging all personnel to follow Force Health Protection guidelines, to practice social distancing and proper hygiene, and adhere to travel advisories and restrictions in order to safeguard our community and prevent widespread outbreak,” Sherman said.

Officials said they are monitoring the situation closely.

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