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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Fairchild upgrades health protection condition


Last updated 3/25/2020 at 11:44am

AIRWAY HEIGHTS -- Fairchild Air Force Base has upgraded its health protection condition from Bravo to Charlie in response to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's proclamation issued Monday night, March 23, to residents to stay home.

In a March 24 news release, officials said base access is now limited to Department of Defense identification card holders and those required to work on base, with few exceptions. The 92nd Medical Group main campus remains open from 7:30 -- 11:30 a.m. Monday -- Friday for COVID-19 testing and the pharmacy. The satellite pharmacy will be open 1:30 -- 4:30 p.m.

The Child Development Center is available for individuals expected to report for duty while the Base Exchange and Commissary is also open

“As we’ve implemented measures to prevent and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 across our base and the Spokane community, our focus remains on the health and well-being of our team,” Col. Derek Salmi, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, said in the release. “Team Fairchild’s care and support efforts have been simply outstanding and we will continue to stay lock-step with our community partners as we transition into a different sense of ‘normal’ in the days ahead so together we can ‘Flatten the Curve.’”

Base officials had reported that one airman tested positive for the virus, but no new cases have been reported. As of March 24, 2,469 cases have been confirmed in the state resulting in 133 deaths. Spokane County has reported 33 confirmed cases.

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John McCallum, Managing Editor

John McCallum is an award-winning journalist who has been with the Cheney Free Press for over 20 years. He has received 10 Washington Newspaper Publisher Association awards for journalism and photography, including first place awards for Best Investigative, Best News and back-to-back awards in Best Breaking News categories. He has been serving as editor of the Spokane Valley News Herald since March 2020.

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