Minot AFB Announces One Positive Case of COVID-19

The U.S. Air Force’s Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota has announced one positive case of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on March 18.

The patient was identified as an adult, non-military member.

“There is one positive case of COVID-19 of an adult, non-military member at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota”, the base said in a statement.

“To mitigate and manage the risks associated with COVID-19, Team Minot is implementing proactive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among our base population and to ensure continuation of our no-fail mission. As such, Team Minot is now in HPCON B+ and is declaring a public health emergency. No additional base access restrictions are in place; however, they may be implemented in the future.”

“Team Minot leadership is continually monitoring the situation and working closely with the North Dakota Department of Health to provide families with up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent spread of the virus.”

“Social distancing at all times will continue to be a focus. Additionally, clean workstations and good hygiene are crucial for slowing the spread of disease and germs. Airmen, their families and civilians should regularly wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, limit contact with those who have been sick, and avoid gatherings with more than 10 individuals in a setting. When feeling ill, self-isolate and call the North Dakota Department of Health Hotline at 1-866-207-2880.”

Minot Air Force Base is a U.S. Air Force installation in Ward County, North Dakota, 13 miles (20 km) north of the city of Minot via U.S. 83.

The Minot AFB is the home of two major wings: the 5th Bomb Wing “Warbirds” (host wing) and 91st Missile Wing “Rough Riders”, both of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).

The 5 BW is one of only two wings in the U.S.Air Force that operates the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress nuclear-capable long-range strategic bombers, with the second one being the 2d Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

The 91 MW is one of the Air Force’s three intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) wings, with the other two being the 90th Strategic Missile Wing at Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyoming and the 341st Strategic Missile at Malmstrom AFB, Montana. The wing is responsible for strategic deterrence by operating, maintaining and securing a fleet of 150 Minuteman III ICBMs located in underground launch facilities positioned in an 8,500 square mile missile complex located in the northwest North Dakota.

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