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Keesler announces 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Keesler Air Force Base is currently monitoring three positive cases of COVID-19 for an active duty Airman, a spouse of a sister service member, and a retiree.

The individuals are in isolation, and the Mississippi Department of Health has been notified. On-base public health officials have begun the contract tracing process to notify those who may have come in contact with the positive individuals.

“Our command team is directly involved with each member as is the medical team,” said Col. Heather Blackwell, 81st Training Wing commander, “and I am very impressed with their response and communication on that piece. What this does remind us is that we need to remain diligent in our efforts to keep social distancing, washing our hands and if you are sick, please speak up.”

Keesler Air Force Base remains at Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie. There are no immediate, additional restrictions in place, however, they may be implemented in the future.

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, please continue to 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)

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). To keep up-to-date on closures, visit the Keesler Website at https://www.keesler.af.mil/Health/.

Everyone should remain informed regarding the symptoms of COVID-19 (see links below and should contact the Dragon Health Hotline 228-376-7132 or the Nurse Advice Hotline at 1-800-874-2273.