Positive COVID-19 cases at Joint Base Langley-Eustis increasing, "concerning" uptick reported

Posted at 1:40 PM, Jun 30, 2020

HAMPTON, Va. - Joint Base Langley-Eustis will continue current restrictions effective July 1 after an uptick of positive coronavirus cases was reported.

Positive cases across Langley and Fort Eustis have increased, officials said. They added that a "concerning uptick" has happened the past week. Positive cases have been realized not only in active duty personnel, but dependents and the retiree population.

“We must stay the course and continue our measured approach to fight COVID-19 which threatens our personnel and readiness,” said Col. Clint Ross. “Safety is not only paramount, but so is our ability to answer our Nation’s call.”

The updated JBLE orders include the following authorizations:

1. Restriction of Base Access

  • DoD ID Card holders, to include Retirees and Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) holders, will continue to have access to the installation on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Mission critical personnel will have daily access to the installation, along with the categories of personnel articulated in previous JBLE PHE orders.

2. Social Distancing & Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Public Areas

  • Required on all DoD Installations, by adults and children over the age of 10, in customer service areas and where six feet of social distance cannot be maintained at all times. Adults accompanying minors should use their best judgment with respect to placing face coverings on a minor under the age of ten while in JBLE public areas.
  • Individuals seeking entry onto JBLE may be required to present a face covering at security checkpoints as a basis for entry. Security checkpoints may require the lowering of face covers to verify identification.

JBLE is currently operating under a Public Health Emergency Order, renewed June 16, 2020. The installation remains in Health Protections Condition (Charlie), or HPCON (C).

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