Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi 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 Sun Herald newspaper reports that also on Wednesday a second positive case was reported at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, while three positive cases have been reported at the Naval Construction Battalion Center, also known as the Seabee base, in Gulfport.
The individuals from Keesler Air Force Bas 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.
The Keesler Medical Center continues to take all necessary precautions to protect forces and their families while safeguarding 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/.