The story of the summer for Wright-Patterson has been one of ever more rigorous health protection conditions as the Delta variant tore through the Dayton area and Ohio. The base set HPCON alpha in June after a lull in cases before moving to a more stringent HPCON bravo in the first week of August.
On Aug. 18, the base moved to HPCON bravo-plus, a status pushing occupancy at the base to 40% of its typical working population, down from 50%.
“The trends we are seeing right now will hopefully bring us down to ‘bravo-plus,’ and I can’t wait to get there,” Col. and Dr. Michael Crowder, the Wright-Patterson public health emergency officer, said Wednesday.
Uniformed members of the military face a Nov. 2 deadline to get fully vaccinated. Active-duty members should have gotten their second dose of a two-dose vaccine — the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines —Tuesday.
It takes two weeks after that second dose before the vaccine offers full protection.
There are medical and religious exemptions available to those who seek them, Miller noted. “Know that our team is doing their due diligence to assess those,” he said.