First COVID-19 case confirmed at Ellsworth Air Force Base

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, — Ellsworth Air Force Base has announced its first case of COVID-19.

The announcement came on Ellsworth’s Facebook page. The individual is a contractor who works on the installation, but has been teleworking and hasn’t been on base since April 30.

The patient and their family will remain in isolation until a negative test is confirmed. At that point, the individual will no longer be a risk to others who could contract the virus.

The base is tracing anyone who has been in contact with the individual. Anyone who has come in contact with the individual will be notified and will have to self-quarantine.

While Ellsworth leadership knew that it was only a matter of time until COVID-19 would affect to the base, it’s reminding everyone that it likely won’t be the last and to remain “vigilant as the local community begins to open.”

In the meantime, command staff reminds everyone to practice good hygiene, avoid crowds, stay home if you’re sick, and to wear face coverings when visiting others.

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