Eglin Air Force Base has reported twopositive coronavirus cases, and the installation commander has instituted stricter health protection protocols on the base.

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EGLIN AFB — The spouse of an active-duty Eglin Air Force Base airman and, in an unrelated incident, a 33rd Fighter Wing airman at the base, are the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from the sprawling installation, according to separate announcements from base public affairs offices.

In the first reported incident, from Thursday evening, the couple resides off-base, according to Eglin spokeswoman Ilka Cole. Both people are in self-quarantine at home, where they will remain until all testing for COVID-19 is negative.

According to the Team Eglin Public Affairs news release, the person with the positive coronavirus test “is being treated and evaluated by health care professionals.”

On Friday afternoon, the 33rd Fighter Wing announced that an active-duty airman who had recently returned from travel within the continental United States “is being treated and evaluated by health care professionals after testing positive for COVID-19.”

Late on the previous Friday, the Department of Defense had announced a total domestic travel ban for all troops, civilian personnel and their families until May 11 in an effort to limit their potential exposure to the coronavirus.

According to the 33rd Fighter Wing, the airman who tested positive for COVID-19 “had recently returned from continental U.S. travel and began to experience symptoms. After consulting with Public Health, the member self-quarantined consistent with DoD guidelines.”

Col. Jon Wheeler, 33rd FW commander, noted the incident as the wing’s “first confirmed case,” and said in the news release that the wing is “working with on-base medical staff to make sure we’re properly mitigating the effects of COVID-19 while continuing to get our training mission done.”

“The continued safety and well-being of our Airmen is my number one priority.

The wing ceased flying operations on Friday to take a number of steps to mitigate any further COVID-19 cases in the wing, including ensuring that anyone who came in close contact with the airman now diagnosed with COVID-19 “is evaluated for symptoms and restriction of movement.”

The 33rd Fighter Wing will resume flying operations on Monday on a reduced schedule, according to the announcement of the positive coronavirus test.

“33rd Fighter Wing leadership will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information as it becomes available,” according to the Friday news release.

The discovery of the first positive coronavirus case prompted Brig. Gen. Scott Cain, commander of the 96th Test Wing, the installation’s host unit, to upgrade the base to Health Protection Condition Bravo, a heightened attention to health-related issues. Health Protection Condition Bravo is the third level of the five-step military Health Protection Condition protocol.

Specifically, Health Protection Condition Bravo requires base personnel to take a number of health-related precautions, including “avoiding unnecessary contact with others, such as shaking hands and hugging; avoiding unnecessary travel, especially to areas known to be experiencing active disease transmission; (ensuring) supplies of food, medication, and other items needed for babies and pets are available to last at least 14 days; (preparation) for travel restrictions and cancellation of public gatherings, such as school, religious, and other community activities; (making) alternative arrangements for childcare, and ... (complying) with medical orders for self-isolation or quarantine,” among other actions, according to the Department of Defense.

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