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 The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Installation Commander has declared a Public Health Emergency, and directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) to CHARLIE effective immediately and for the foreseeable future. HPCON CHARLIE is defined as an elevated risk of sustained community transmission.

The installation's top priority is preservation of force and mission while we work to protect the health, safety and welfare of our community. In order to achieve this, the Installation Commander has directed:

- Mission-Essential Personnel Reporting Only--contact your unit chain of command to determine your status and work requirements
- Stop Movement on the Installation--limited to mission essential travel only*
- Suspension of Trusted Travel Program; Closure of Government Hill Gate, and Post Road Gate closed to private auto traffic; Arctic Valley Gate closed on weekends; Richardson VCC closed--expect potential curtailments and closures
- Further reduction of garrison and tenant services--we are working to find ways to provide virtual services as much as possible
- Commissary and AAFES resources will remain available with current mitigating efforts in place
- CDCs will remain open for currently enrolled children but limited to on-duty mission essential members that are mil to mil, single military and CDC employees. Currently enrolled children with extenuating circumstance need to contact their CDC Director.

*Mission essential travel means remaining at home except to leave for work in critical jobs as prescribed by unit chains of command; to buy groceries or other important goods; to receive or provide health care; to drop off or pick up children from care; and to get fresh air while observing 6-foot social distancing between non-family members. Individuals are also encouraged to practice recommended personal and environmental hygiene, including regular hand washing.

The Installation Commander and 673d Medical Group Commander hosted a Facebook live virtual town hall to provide updates on the situation, and field questions from the community. You can find the townhall on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/JBERAK/videos/235719767571347/ 

JBER implements Health Protection Condition (HPCON) BRAVO

By Staff Sgt. Curt Beach | 673d Air Base Wing Public Affairs | March 17, 2020

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —

By order of the commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, effective immediately to align the force, the theater baseline is set to Health Protection Condition (HPCON) BRAVO for the entire USINDOPACOM area of responsibility. HPCON BRAVO is defined as a moderate risk. Strict personal and environmental hygiene is recommended; no handshakes or hugs; limit gatherings to no more than 50 people.

By order of U.S. Air Force Col. Patricia Csànk, 673d Air Base Wing and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson commander, JBER will transition to HPCON BRAVO measures throughout the day and will attain full implementation no later than 9 a.m., March 18.

The community should expect changes such as with ID checks at all gates; no self-serve and limited dine-in at DFACs; no dine-in at the military mall food court; changes to limits on purchase of high-demand items at the commissary; and changes to AAFES weekday hours of operation, among others.

For full details of installation-wide community service support affected by the transition to HPCON BRAVO, please refer to the JBER Installation Dashboard at jber.jb.mil/coronavirus (live at 5 p.m., March 17); JBER official Facebook site; and JBER Connect app among other forms of communication.

The risk for individuals contracting the novel coronavirus at JBER is currently assessed as low. JBER has zero cases of individuals infected by coronavirus; the state of Alaska currently reports three cases under isolation protocol.

Any individual experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing must contact 673d Air Base Wing Public Health officials for a comprehensive, case-by-case screening at (907) 580-4014, or (907) 382-0435 after duty hours. Testing for COVID-19 is NOT limited to individuals returning exclusively from international travel.

“We thank our community and mission partners for remaining calm, rational and understanding as Team JBER works to kill the virus,” Csànk wrote in an email to installation personnel. “Arctic tough, family strong!”

For more information, visit:

- COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

- CDC Health Travel Notices: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/