BUCKLEY AFB INCREASES HEALTH PROTECTION CONDITION LEVEL
By 460th Space Wing Public Affairs, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 10, 2020
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Buckley AFB, in conjunction with the other area military installations, has raised its Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level to A from Zero in response to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state of Colorado.
Doing this merely aligns the Health Protection Condition with existing precautionary measures, and education of base personnel in preventing potential widespread outbreak of COVID-19.
The HPCON A declaration defines base measures for a limited health 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 COVID-19.
Good hygiene practices are the best preventive measure to control the spread of viruses. Things like 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 help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
Team Buckley members who are feeling ill during duty hours are encouraged to contact the Buckley AFB clinic at 720-847-9355 for specific guidance on how to proceed. If members are feeling ill after duty hours, they can contact the nurse advice line at 800-874-2273 for further direction.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Colorado Department of Public Health and Team Buckley are continuing to track the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
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/.