Altus AFB eases coronavirus measures


ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE - Altus Air Force Base leaders announced the transition from Health Protection Condition (HPCON) CHARLIE to HPCON BRAVO today.

The base’s announcement closely aligns with Gov. Kevin Stitt’s “Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) Plan.” When transitioning from each level, the criteria considered includes the downward trend of regional Covid-19 cases with no evidence of a resurgence.

In HPCON BRAVO, “Our facilities and staff members will function within the prescribed operating limits of the state and CDC guidelines to keep the risk of infection spread low,” said 2nd Lt. Abigail Pongracz of the 97th Air Mobility Wing Pubic Affairs Office. These measures include: continuing to self-monitor and exercising all previous measures of hygiene, maintaining 6 feet of physical distance, wearing face coverings when social distancing guidelines cannot be met, and not exceeding recommended gathering limits.

“Our team has been going above and beyond to make sure we can continue to open safely,” said Col. Matthew Leard, Altus AFB commander. “It is thanks to them that we are postured and prepared for the installation to transition to HPCON BRAVO.”

Base personnel are still required to practice “The Big 3”: maintaining the 6-foot distancing rule or to wear a mask if 6 feet cannot be kept; wash hands, avoid common areas and avoid touching your face; and to stay at home if sick or feeling ill.