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COVID-19 impact on Schriever Air Force Base

Staff report | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The First Schriever member tested positive for COVID-19.

A 50th Space Wing government civilian has been in isolation at home since March 17 and is receiving care in accordance with Centers for Disease Control, Force Health Protection and 21st Medical Group guidelines.

“We cannot afford complacency within our team.”

“ This is exactly why we have taken the serious precautions we have to limit further transmission of the Coronavirus,” said Col. James Smith, installation commander. “We remain committed to preserving our team members’ ability to provide for our nation’s defense and sustain current worldwide military missions.”

Officials are researching the details regarding this exposure. All known contacts have been teleworking since March 17 as a precaution.

Additionally, Smith declared a Public Health Emergency at Schriever. This will largely be transparent to base members as leadership leaned forward in closing base facilities, restricting movement and implementing isolation and quarantine where appropriate.

“According to what we know about COVID-19, this week is going to be critical to our preventing the spread of the virus,” Smith said. “Please continue to heed the social distancing, reduced access and telework guidelines to the maximum extent possible. We cannot afford complacency within our team.”

Leaders have implemented the following actions:
• Restricted Area (RA) access limited to specified mission essential personnel only.
• Child Development Center and School Age Center, Outdoor Recreation Framing and Engraving, Fitness Center and Indoor Running       Track, including after-hours access, Event Center and Bennie’s are closed.
• Large events and gatherings of more than 10 personnel are cancelled or postponed.
• Base Shuttle service inside and outside the RA will be suspended.
• The following services are available by appointment only: 50th Force Support Squadron, 50th Comptroller Squadron and Airman and Family Readiness Center.
• Facilities outside the RA, not specifically identified above, are open; however, commanders and supervisors have minimized the number of personnel in work centers, primarily through telework.
• The Satellite Dish Dining Facility is limited to Building 300/400 occupants and 50th Space Wing mission essential personnel only and is take-out only.
• Food truck service is suspended.
• Ongoing construction projects outside the RA will continue.
• Construction projects inside the RA are considered on a case by case basis.

“We are aligning the base posture with existing measures across the state and in direct consideration of our installation’s critical mission sets,” said Smith. “Our national space-based capabilities allow our military leaders to see the battlespace with clarity, provide early warning, strike with precision, navigate with accuracy, communicate with certainty, understand weather impacts and operate anywhere in the world.”

Leaders continue to encourage good hygiene practices as the best preventive measure to control the spread of viruses. Personnel are encouraged to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid contact with those who have been sick, seek medical care when feeling ill and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Schriever members who are ill are encouraged to call the appointment line at 719-526-2273 for care and practice social distancing, which means staying home and not attending large gatherings until care is accessed.
For the latest COVID-19 information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the Department of Defense Coronavirus website at: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/.

Leadership has directed the following actions to be implemented effective at midnight:

• Restricted area access limited to specified mission essential personnel only.
• Child Development Center and School Age Center, Outdoor Recreation Framing and Engraving, Fitness Center and Indoor Running Track, including after-hours access, Event Center and Bennie’s are closed.
• Large events and gatherings of more than 10 personnel are canceled or postponed.
• Base Shuttle service inside and outside the RA will be suspended.
• The following agencies are available by appointment only: 50th Force Support Squadron, 50th Comptroller Squadron and Airman and Family Readiness Center.
• Facilities outside the restricted area, not specifically identified above, will remain open. However, commanders and supervisors are minimizing the number of personnel in the work centers, primarily through telework.
• The Satellite Dish Dining Facility will be limited to Building 300/400 occupants and 50th Space Wing mission essential personnel only and will be take-out only.
• Food truck service will be suspended.
• Ongoing construction projects outside the RA will continue.
• Construction projects inside the RA are being considered on a case by case basis.

It is critical that all personnel take COVID-19 seriously and comply with direction. Minimizing the risk of exposure to operations and mission essential personnel is paramount.

Stay engaged with email, social media, the AF Connect App Schriever page and other communication methods.

If you are symptomatic or fall into a category requiring isolation, coordinate with supervisors and stay home.If you have been in the following counties in Colorado in the last 9 days, please self-isolate.

• Eagle
• Summit
• Pitkin
• Gunnison

21st MDG Beneficiaries: Please be aware that if you are seeking to be tested for COVID-19 but do not meet the state testing criteria, your test may be declined or rerouted to a private laboratory company for processing which may result in test result delays of at least several days.

As a reminder, we are still currently in flu and cold season and as such, those tests should be performed prior to any COVID-19 testing unless you are deemed higher risk based upon close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or your recent travel history to a high risk location. Should you have fever, cough and shortness of breath please call the appointment line at 719-524-2273 for assistance in determining the proper avenue to best address your healthcare needs.

COVID-19 impact on Schriever Air Force Base
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