JBER declares Public Health Emergency, transitions to HPCON Bravo Sept. 17

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In response to persistent high levels of community transmission of COVID-19 in the greater Anchorage area, JBER officials declared a Public Health Emergency and ordered the transition to Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo effective Friday, Sept. 17.

All directives in the 30 July 21 JBER COVID-19 Policy Memo remain in effect. Furthermore, all JBER personnel are urged to limit movement into areas not requiring masking, distancing and other COVID mitigations. If the situation continues to worsen, additional measures to protect the force will be implemented, including restricting access to off-base establishments.

“We’ve all seen COVID-19 cases continue to spread rapidly across our nation, the state of Alaska and in our local community,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar, 673d Air Base Wing and JBER commander, in a statement to the installation. “After close consultation with JBER mission commanders, I have decided to declare a Public Health Emergency. This declaration reflects the continued reality that JBER is experiencing sustained community transmission of COVID-19. It will remain in effect for 30 days, but may be extended or shortened based on conditions. It also enables me to implement additional measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 on JBER.”

To view the 17 Sept 21 HPCON Bravo Memo, visit https://www.jber.jb.mil/Portals/144/COVID%20Files/JBER%20HPCON%20BRAVO%20(17%20Sep%2021).pdf.

For complete 30 July 21 JBER COVID-19 Policy Memo, visithttps://www.jber.jb.mil/Portals/144/COVID%20Files/Installation%20COVID%20Policy%2030%20Jul%2021.pdf.

For more information regarding JBER’s response to COVID-19, visit https://www.jber.jb.mil/Coronavirus/.

For the latest national 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/