BREAKING: Altus AFB confirms first presumptive positive COVID-19 case

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ALTUS (KFDX/KJTL) — Officials with Altus Air Force Base confirmed Thursday that an active-duty U.S. Air Force Airman is currently undergoing evaluation and treatment following a presumptive positive novel coronavirus test.

The Airman contracted COVID-19 after returning from leave in the greater Seattle, Washington, area earlier in the month.

In response, Altus AFB has changed its Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level to B to reflect the moderate disease threat posed by COVID-19 and the risk of exposure to personnel.

“Right now we have one confirmed case of COVID-19 on our installation. The health and safety of our Airmen and Families is our top priority. We will continue to work with our inter-agency partners to ensure we do everything we can to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and ensure our Airmen have the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of the virus.”

Col. Matthew Leard, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander

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