For the most updated information regarding COVID-19 and guidelines for personnel assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, go to our Facebook page here.
Thanks to your commitment to our COVID mitigation policy we are transitioning from HPCON B+ to HPCON B.
The big change is that vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks when off base. Everyone must continue to wear them while indoors on base and outdoors when social distancing cannot be followed.
- Per OSD guidance, indoor mask wear on base depends on the community transmission. Whenever the area surrounding Ellsworth AFB has “substantial or high community transmission” as designated by CDC all individuals are required to wear masks indoors. When the local community transmission is “moderate or low” then only those unvaccinated are required to wear masks indoors on base. (We are currently in the substantial to high range.)
- Only unvaccinated Service members must wear a protective mask in public indoor facilities off base and when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.
- Unit commanders may issue more restrictive measure to mitigate risk to mission and risk to their mission.
It is our hope that vaccinations, mask wear, social distancing and good hygiene will help improve conditions even further.
If you have questions, talk to your leadership.
While COVID-19 continues within the local area, the deterrence mission continues. The 28th Bomb Wing is prepared to continue to meet and exceed mission objectives, with some changes to procedures.
This is an ongoing situation and Ellsworth leadership will continue to push updated information via our base website at www.ellsworth.af.mil, the 28th Bomb Wing Air Force Connect app and Ellsworth Air Force Base's Facebook Page.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
For more information to protect yourself, friends and family from unknowingly spreading diseases, visit the CDC website here.
28th Bomb Wing Guidance Memorandum on Pass Restrictions can be found here.
Current restricted travel information can be found on the CDC website here, or on the Dept. of State travel site here.
Department of Defense Issues Guidelines to Personnel on Coronavirus
We encourage all DOD personnel to refer to the guidance below, as well as the CDC guidance, and take precautions to stay healthy. Information from the Department of State can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province--china.html
Supplement 1 (Jan. 30, 2020): Force Health Protection Guidance for the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
Supplement 2 (Feb. 25, 2020): Force Health Protection Guidance for Commanders' Risk-Based Measured Responses
For more DOD-related guidance on the Coronavirus, visit: https://health.mil/News/In-the-Spotlight/coronavirus
Current COVID Mitigation Policy, updated January 5, 2022.
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