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Joint Base Langley-Eustis COVID-19 UPDATES

A message from the installation commander
 

Team JBLE,

On June 18th, I amended the JBLE Restrictions to Movement and Base Access Orders to reflect optimism that the spread of COVID-19 was slowing in the JBLE community.  Unfortunately, since my amendment, positive cases across Langley and Eustis have increased, with a concerning uptick within the last week.   Unfortunately, these increased positive cases have been realized not only in our Active Duty personnel, but dependents and retiree population as well. 

As a result we must stay the course and continue our measured approach to fight COVID-19 which threatens our personnel and combat readiness.  I have consulted with Senior Leaders across JBLE and there will be no changes to base access and restriction of movement orders on July 1 as we anticipated and hoped for.  My Public Health Emergency Team will continue to evaluate measures and provide recommendations on a weekly basis.  We will continue to closely monitor local area conditions and will only make changes that are in the best interest of Joint Base Langley-Eustis.   Your safety is not only paramount, but so is our ability to answer our Nation’s call. 

Here's a run-down of current guidance for JBLE, renewals of all orders are in the official guidance below:

 

Restriction of Movement: 

  • On Base Gatherings: public or private gatherings on the installation must be 50 people or less, comply with social distancing protocols and wearing of face masks. This includes all non-mission essential gatherings, to include change of commands, retirements, promotions, unit social activities and morale focused events.
  • Off-base Gatherings: All Active Duty personnel must comply with state, local, and DoD directives while off-base, to include wearing of cloth face coverings when required.  Civilian employees, contractors, family members, and military dependents residing or traveling off-base are encouraged to adhere to guidelines issued by state, local, and DoD authorities, to include wearing of cloth face coverings when required.   

 

Restriction of Base Access: 

  • DoD ID Card holders, to include Retirees and Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) holders, will continue to have access to the installation on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. 
  • Mission critical personnel will have daily access to the installation, along with the categories of personnel articulated in previous JBLE PHE orders which can be found at this link. https://www.jble.af.mil/Coronavirus/
  • Visitor Pass and Trusted Traveler Programs remain suspended until further notice

Use of Cloth Mask or Face Coverings

  • Required on all DoD Installations, by adults and children over the age of 10, in customer service areas and where six feet of social distance cannot be maintained at all times.

I know this is not the news anyone wants to hear, especially before a holiday weekend. But the alarming updates from others areas of the nation demonstrate that the threat of COVID-19 is real, and it continues to spread rapidly in places that have reopened.  We cannot allow a further surge in cases in our community or on the installation.   Our mission is simply too important. We have a duty to uphold and are not strangers to sacrifice. Last week, the DoD saw a 20% increase in cases across the services, proving this virus is changing by the day and affecting people of all ages. Thank you for your trust and patience and I implore you to adhere to all Public Health guidance and safety protocols, and stay at home when possible.

 
V/r,
Col. Clint Ross

JBLE Facilities Status

   

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COVID-19 Hotlines

Langley Hospital and McDonald Army Health Center medical professionals are standing by to answer your COVID-19 questions and concerns. Please call the 633 MDG COVID-19 Information Line at (757) 764-0018 seven days a week, Monday - Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. , or the Military Health System Nurse Line at 1-800-TRICARE.

 

About COVID-19

On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. On Jan. 31, 2020, the secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in the United States and announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID- 19. The current epidemic, which originated in mainland China, has demonstrated the capacity of COVID-19 to spread globally. While supporting other government agencies’ response to the COVID-19 threat, the Department of the Air Force is responding appropriately to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness.