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Altus AFB: U.S. Air Force Airman tests "presumptive positive" for Coronavirus

Posted at 1:41 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 14:41:27-04

Altus Air Force Base officials announced that an active-duty U.S. Air Force Airman has tested "presumptive positive" for coronavirus.

“Right now we have one confirmed case of COVID-19 on our installation,” said Col. Matthew Leard, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander. “The health and safety of our Airmen and Families is our top priority. We will continue to work with our interagency partners to ensure we do everything we can to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and ensure our Airmen have the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of the virus.”

As a response to the "presumptive positive" case, officials with Altus AFB say they have changed the HPCON, or Health Protection Condition, to level B to reflect the moderate threat by coronavirus and the risk it has of exposure to personnel.

Officials say the U.S. Air Force Airman contracted the COVID-10 disease after coming back from leave in the "greater, Seattle, Washington" area earlier this month.

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