Commander of Combat Center Coronavirus Response

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8:15 p.m. March 17, 2020

Marines and families,

I am following up from yesterday’s note as we are continuously tracking and updating measures aboard the base to keep everyone safe and execute our mission. Thus far we have avoided any cases aboard the installation, but we are taking aggressive actions to prevent the spread of the virus. We have activated the base’s crisis action team and are closely coordinating with health experts to inform the measures we are taking. It is also important to remember that we are operational forces that must be prepared to defend the nation if called to do so. Rest assured our adversaries are always looking for opportunities when our guard is down. Some of the training we are conducting has been deemed essential and will continue through this crisis. Our mission is to continue training while we protect the force and the families of our service members.

Based on information from our health experts this evening, I have
decided to increase the installation’s health protection condition from
Alpha to Bravo. Our CDCs, commissary, exchanges, and other activities
and services will remain open. There will, however, be new measures
added at nearly all of our facilities and activities aboard the
installation. These include adjustments to our procedures at all of our
retail activities and frequently used facilities that focus on
screening of patrons for possible illness or risk exposure, applying
appropriate social distancing practices, and enhancing cleaning efforts.
Implemented measures are mostly transparent to patrons, but may cause
mild inconveniences or delays in certain cases. We will also implement
enhanced access screening for guests and vendors / delivery services at
the Visitor Center focused, again, on those with possible illness or
risk exposure based on recent travel. Our Visitor Center
representatives can answer questions and provide additional information
should you have any questions.

I encourage you to keep doing
your part to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 by continuing to
apply the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for
hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting practices, as well as recommended
social interaction adjustments. We all need to work together to support
each other through this crisis in the months ahead. Please feel free to
make comments on this post and we will attempt to answer your concerns
and questions.

BGen Roger B. Turner Jr USMC

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