Cannon Air Force Base is monitoring about 100 airmen, dependents

By MATHEW BROCK | Eastern (Clovis) New Mexico News | Published: March 22, 2020

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CLOVIS, N.M. (Tribune News Service) — Cannon Air Force Base has about 100 airmen and dependents who are self-monitoring while isolated in quarters, though it has had no confirmed cases of the coronavirus so far.

Representatives from the base said it is important to differentiate between several terms related to the epidemic.

Self-observation is when individuals are aware of the symptoms and monitor themselves.

Self-monitoring is synonymous with quarantine and involves 14 days of staying in quarters, but is a self-enforced status and less legally binding.

The base’s public health team will be running a 24-hour hotline at 575-784-4926 and will be screening individuals who might require testing.

The base has been posting information periodically on its main Facebook page for staff and families to help address the crisis.

Theinformation includes:

• Everyone has been advised to practice social distancing and maintain 6 feet of space from others.

• Identifications will be checked at the Cannon Commissary until further notice. Early-bird hours are canceled and the first two hours will be reserved for active-duty military and dependents.

• The 27th Special Operations Medical Group will have limited walk-in services starting Monday. The clinic is re-evaluating which regular appointments can be done virtually.

• The following buildings remain closed: the fitness center, the education center, the base theater, the PT test chamber, WAPS testing, outdoor recreation, the commando readiness center, the youth center, the landing zone, the community center, public affairs, the aero skills center, FTAC.

• All dining locations remain take-out only.

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