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NAS Patuxent River Transitions Back to Health Protection Condition Alpha, Effective Thursday, April 7, 2022

NAS Patuxent River transitioned from Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo to HPCON Alpha as of April 7, 2022 as a result of falling COVID cases within the surrounding counties of Southern Maryland. HPCONs are protocols for health protection during public health emergencies, such as a pandemic. Commanders review and update these HPCONs based on risk levels within a local community and aligned with local, state and national guidance. Military leaders and public health personnel use them to guide actions taken in response to a health threat. “As cases of COVID-19 transmission continue to drop in the community we’re pleased to be able to shift NAS Patuxent River to HPCON Alpha,” said Capt. John Brabazon NAS Patuxent River commanding officer. “We’re not completely out of the woods yet but this is a step in the right direction, and a direct result of all who have gotten vaccinated and maintained healthy practices to limit exposure to COVID.” HPCON Alpha requires continued adherence to hand sanitation, environmental cleaning and six-foot distancing between persons, as mission performance allows. Workplace occupancy must be kept at less than 100 percent capacity. Masks are still required within medical facilities such as the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River. […]

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