Keesler enters HPCON Charlie for COVID-19
By 81st Training Wing Public Affairs, 81st Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 23, 2020
KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --
Keesler Air Force Base is in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie in response to COVID-19.
HPCON Charlie measures are mandatory for all Keesler service members, DoD civilian and contractor employees, and family members. These measures are required to ensure the continued health and safety for our community.
Starting Monday, March 23, all facilities will move to single point entry and the Meadows Rd. gate will be closed until further notice.
The Keesler Medical Center continues to take all necessary precautions to protect our forces and their families while safeguarding our healthcare mission capabilities during the current global outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19). Out of an abundance of caution KMC is limiting their services they provide in the hospital. To keep up-to-date on closures, visit the Keesler Website at https://www.keesler.af.mil/Health/.
In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, please take the following actions:
- Strict hygiene (No handshaking, wipe common-use items)
- If exposed, self-isolate (Wear mask and remain home)
- Avoid contaminated water/food or risk area
- Communicate personal risk and symptoms
- Follow social distancing procedures (avoid large gatherings, keeping six feet distance from others)
For military members, official leave, normal off-duty time or pass allowances will be restricted to 40 mile radius of Keesler Air Force Base and not to exceed Mississippi borders in accordance with the 13 March memo for stop movement for all domestic travel. Civilian and family member leave or travel is not prohibited by this restriction; however, travel outside of the local area is highly discouraged.
Everyone should remain informed regarding the symptoms of COVID-19 (see links below and should contact our Dragon Health Hotline 228-376-7132 or the Nurse Advice Hotline at 1-800-874-2273.