Mountain Home Air Force Base implements health protection condition

Posted at 10:47 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 12:47:10-04

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB) implemented health protection condition CHARLIE on March 26. The 366th Fighter Wing Commander directed mission essential-only personnel following direction from higher headquarters starting March 27.

Right now, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at MHAFB. CHARLIE includes strict hygiene, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and staying home when sick. If exposed, personnel will work with leadership to contact healthcare providers and base and quarantine.

Personnel is also going to avoid high-risk areas and follow all federal, state and Air Force guidelines about travel and daily movements. They should also practice social distancing and avoid physical contact as much as possible.

“Each Gunfighter is mission essential,” said Col. Rick Goodman, 366th Fighter Wing commander. “Your mission right now is to stay home so that we flatten the curve, protecting not only the health of our Airmen and families, but the unique capabilities we bring to our nation's defense.”

With the move to mission essential, a reduction in services and support follows. The 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs will continue to provide updates and impacts to base services via the Mountain Home AFB website and Facebook as more information becomes available.

People with flu-like symptoms including fever and cough or shortness of breath, may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or has recently traveled to a known high-risk area either in the U.S. or internationally, contact your health care provider before seeking medical care to prevent possible transmission in the health care setting.