Whiteman AFB Confirms One Positive COVID-19 Case
There is one confirmed, positive case of COVID-19 at Whiteman Air Force Base.
Clarification: We have checked and received confirmation that the coronavirus case that Johnson County Community Health Services announced Saturday evening is the same case confirmed by Whiteman Air Force Base on Saturday March 21 and referenced in the article below.
The case was confirmed Saturday, March 21, and involves an adult, non-military member.
Whiteman AFB remains at Health Protection Condition BRAVO. There are no immediate, additional restrictions in place; however, they may be implemented in the future.
Team Whiteman leadership is actively monitoring the situation and working closely with our neighbors and community partners. Action is being taken to mitigate further impacts to the base and community. Commanders are committed to keeping the Whiteman AFB community healthy and informed.
509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs will provide families with up-to-date information about impacted activities and appropriate measures to prevent spread of the virus.
“This first confirmed case is a stark reminder that we must take this seriously,” said Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, the 509th Bomb Wing commander. “Let me be clear to Team Whiteman, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed, call our public health hotline at (660) 687-1545.
Team Whiteman will continue to practice social distancing and taking precautions to halt the spread of the virus. The health and safety of our Airmen and their families is paramount -- and a direct requirement for enabling our vital strategic missions. How you carry yourself in the coming days and weeks impacts national security. Take this seriously for the sake of the mission, the nation, and our local communities.”
Social distancing is imperative. Clean workstations and good hygiene are crucial for halting the spread of disease and germs. Airmen, their families, and civilians should regularly wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, limit contact with those who have been sick, and avoid gatherings of 10 or more. If you are feeling ill, please call the local nurse advice line at (660) 687-1537.
For the latest national information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Air Force Coronavirus websites. If local Team Whiteman members have questions regarding local policies, they should utilize their chain of command or contact 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.