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HPCON Update

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  • By MSgt Joseph Carpenter
  • 47th FTW

Laughlin Air Force Base has directed Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo+ effective January 6, 2022. The change is due to the increased transmission rates of COVID-19.

With the change to HPCON Bravo+, in-person official gatherings inside Anderson Hall, Club XL, and all other 47th Force Support Dine-in Facilities are limited to 50% occupancy. There are no restrictions for all other indoor facilities. Still, unit commanders will assess risk associated with gatherings to mitigate possible transmission. At no point will any facility exceed 100% of occupancy. Outdoor events are not limited.

Col. Craig Prather, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, also directed unit commanders to plan work schedules that limit exposure and preserve mission capability. Unit commanders are also responsible for ensuring unit members adhere to this guidance and maintain discretion on workplace occupancy and telework options.

“Continued vigilance in combatting the rapid spread of this virus and its variants is essential,” said Prather. “We have been here before and are all familiar with how to effectively use the tools in place to reduce the risk of spread, such as vaccines and boosters, physical distancing, mask wearing, and good hygiene.”

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, need to isolate at home for five days until released and cleared for work by a medical provider based on Centers for Disease Control criteria.

Close contacts who are fully vaccinated (including the booster) will not be required to quarantine but will test five days after the last exposure. Close contacts who have not received the booster shot will be required to quarantine at home for five days unless directed otherwise by public health. They must also test five days from the last exposure.

Regardless of vaccination status, all personnel must continue to wear a mask while indoors on the base. Exceptions include private residences and individuals alone in four-walled offices, whether the doors are open or closed.