NAS Patuxent River transitioned from Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Alpha to HPCON Bravo as of 5 p.m. July 28. NAS Patuxent River joins other installations within Naval District Washington to shift back to HPCON Bravo as a result of rising COVID cases. HPCONs are protocols for public health emergencies, such as a pandemic. Commanders review and update these HPCONs based on risk levels within a local community and in cooperation with local, state or host nation guidance. Military leaders and public health personnel use them to guide actions taken in response to a health threat. NDW changed the HPCON as a result of rising COVID-19 transmission in the National Capital Region. In addition to NAS Patuxent River, NDW installations include Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, and Naval Support Activities Annapolis, Bethesda, South Potomac and Washington. At NAS Patuxent River, reports of COVID positive cases among personnel working aboard the installation has remained relatively low. But rising COVID case numbers, particularly among unvaccinated personnel, has driven the need for greater protections against the virus. “We’ve seen a rising trend in cases over the last few weeks leading us and other Navy installations in the region to take the protective measure to move back […]
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