WPAFB commander declares public health emergency

Col. Thomas Sherman, commander, 88th Air Base Wing. FILE
Col. Thomas Sherman, commander, 88th Air Base Wing. FILE

Col. Thomas Sherman, the 88th Air Base Wing commander, declared a public health emergency on Monday for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The base had its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Saturday. The person worked in Building 262 on the base’s Area A, Sherman said in a Sunday update.

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“Based on the Public Health Emergency Officer’s recommendations and the results of ongoing investigation and situational monitoring, I am declaring a public health emergency,” Sherman said.

The base will remain open but limited to essential work functions and services.