Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska (AP) – Military leaders at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have declared a public health emergency and encouraged all personnel to avoid locations where Alaska responds to the rising COVID-19 cases. Masks or social distancing are not required. , officials said.
US Air Force Colonel Kirsten Aguilar, 673d Air Base Wing and JBER Commander, said in a statement Friday, “We have seen COVID-19 cases continue to spread rapidly throughout our country, the state of Alaska, and our local community.” Huh.” . “After close consultation with JBER mission commanders, I have made the decision to declare a public health emergency.”
Aguilar said the announcement would be in effect for 30 days, but could be shortened or extended depending on cases of COVID-19 and community transmission.
Aadhaar has also transitioned to the health security status Bravo, which means Aguilar will be able to implement additional measures to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.
“If the situation worsens, additional measures will be implemented to protect the force, including restricting access to off-base installations,” the statement said.
Hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases have increased across the state as a result of the highly contagious Delta variant. Alaska on Friday reported more than 1,200 new confirmed cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 411,000 people, or 56% of the state’s population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine. About 357,000 people, or 49% of the state’s population, have been fully vaccinated.