Joint Base Charleston Announces First Positive COVID-19 Case, Adjusts Manning to Mission-critical Personnel

Staff Report From Charleston CEO

Friday, March 20th, 2020

An Active-duty Airman assigned to Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, is currently undergoing treatment following a positive COVID-19 test.

“Leadership is continually monitoring the situation and working closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to coordinate prevention and response efforts in the local area. We are providing installation personnel and their families with up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent potential spread of the virus, as well as any impact to local activities,” said Col. Terrence Adams, commander.

Additionally, Adams declared a public health emergency for installation personnel and issued a policy for all non-mission critical personnel to work from home to the extent practical and allowable to slow the spread of the virus within the community and to keep members of Team Charleston safe. Personnel should contact their chain of command for questions on mission-critical protocol. He added that he and his team are in constant communication with all applicable DOD agencies to provide the most up-to-date information possible.

“The safety of our personnel is always our number one priority and will continue to drive our decisions as we evaluate and take decisive action to protect our team and our mission,” said Adams. “All mission-critical personnel will continue to come into work in order to maintain the capabilities our mission requires to protect our national security.”

Adams also encouraged members of JB Charleston and their families to continue practicing prevention measures already in place, including following strict personal and environmental hygiene, social distancing and contacting their healthcare provider if they develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, coughing and shortness of breath.