"The 96th Medical Group is coordinating with the Florida Department of Health concerning the monitoring of a healthy, asymptomatic contractor who works with the 45th Test Squadron (96th Cyberspace Test Group). The individual was notified on March 4 who was potentially exposed to COVID-19 while on cruise Feb. 11-21."

EGLIN AFB — The Team Eglin Public Affairs office issued the following statement Thursday afternoon regarding a contractor who may have had some off-base exposure to coronavirus, but has not exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19, the associated respiratory illness:


"The 96th Medical Group is coordinating with the Florida Department of Health concerning the monitoring of a healthy, asymptomatic contractor who works with the 45th Test Squadron (96th Cyberspace Test Group). The individual was notified on March 4 who was potentially exposed to COVID-19 while on cruise Feb. 11-21."



The contractor is not a DoD beneficiary and is seeking care from a private healthcare provider. Until the member’s risk is assessed, the member will not return to work. At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Eglin AFB.


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The health and safety of the Florida Panhandle military community is our priority. We are actively working to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19 disease by keeping personnel informed and emphasizing standard community hygiene precautions to include hand washing, cough, sneeze etiquette and practical social distancing when appropriate.



Our Team Eglin leadership and our 96th MDG personnel are in constant contact with Florida DoH officials. All actions are consistent with the CDC, state guidance and coordinated with the Air Force Medical Service and Defense Health Agency. At this time, we continue to focus on planning, prevention, and education."


In an interview following release of the statement, Eglin AFB spokesman Andy Bourland said he believed the contractor, whose February cruise took place in the Pacific Northwest, was notified by the cruise line of his potential coronavirus exposure.


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After receiving that notification, the contractor self-reported his situation to base officials, Bourland said. Results of an assessment of the contractor’s medical status aren’t expected from the state until sometime next week, according to Bourland.


Notification of the contractor’s situation was disseminated through the ranks of the 96th Test Wing, and by broader communication across the base, Bourland said, along with guidance for actions such as hand-washing to avoid any spread of any potential presence of COVID-19.