Ellsworth Air Force Base declares public health emergency
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Ellsworth Air Force Base declares public health emergency

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A B-1 bomber takes off from the runway at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Ellsworth AFB is declaring a public health emergency Wednesday to better align with the declared national public emergency, South Dakota preventative measures and Centers for Disease Control guidance.

While there are still no positive COVID-19 cases on the installation, the declaration allows the commander additional authority to enforce social distancing. This includes providing additional telework opportunities, expanding the civilian leave policy, and further restricting base access if required.

Ellsworth members and families should follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines, avoid gatherings of 10 or more people, and practice social distancing and good personal hygiene.

Base leadership is continually monitoring the situation and will provide Airmen and families with up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent potential spread of the virus, as well as any impact to the mission.

For the latest base specific information on COVID-19, visit the Ellsworth AFB website at https://www.Ellsworth.af.mil/COVID-19/.

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