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Nellis Air Force Base declares public health emergency amid pandemic

Declaration allows for more health care resources
Posted at 3:35 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 21:45:12-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The 99th Air Base Wing Commander, Col Cavan Craddock, has declared a public health emergency and announced access changes to Nellis Air Force Base.

According to the release, the following restrictions will remain in place until further notice:

Beginning April 6, access to the base will be limited to mission essential personnel and those who reside on the installation. Retirees will continue to be able to access the Satellite Pharmacy through Friday, April 10.

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Starting April 11, only essential personnel and residents of the base will be granted access to the installation. The Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center will remain open for emergencies and require appointments for all beneficiaries, including retirees.

The Commissary and Base Exchange will remain open for essential mission personnel and their dependents only.

“This is a rapidly changing situation and these measures, while temporarily inconvenient, are being implemented to mitigate spread of the virus, protect our mission and keep our Airmen and families safe,” said Craddock. “This was a tough choice and there are undoubtedly more tough choices ahead. I appreciate the support and understanding of our retiree, veteran, and local Las Vegas community as we tackle this challenge together.”

The public health emergency declaration will allow for greater access to health care resources and broader authority to limit access to the installation as well as the movements of its residents.

Nellis AFB said it will continue to work closely with federal, state, and local health officials to ensure our detection and response efforts.

Nellis AFB leadership is will also continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information as it becomes available.