As a preventative measure to limit the spread of COVID-19, a public health emergency has been declared for Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The move was made Friday by Col. Anthony Mastalir, commander of the 30th Space Wing at VAFB. The declaration is in line with similar moves made by officials with California, Santa Barbara County, and many cities amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on VAFB, but, as of Tuesday, there were 18 such cases reported in the county.
"We are taking proactive steps to protect the health and safety of our personnel in accordance with guidance from the Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control, and state and local officials," Mastalir said. "We are implementing prudent procedures and policies designed to protect the people while also ensuring our ability to carry out our national security mission."
A previous order from base leadership that went into effect Friday limited VAFB access to essential services and personnel.
The 30th Medical Group Pharmacy, commissary and Base Exchange — or retail store — will remain open to all authorized beneficiaries, which include retirees, veterans and family members of active duty personnel who have a valid ID card.
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