GREAT FALLS — An airman assigned to Malmstrom Air Force Base tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, June 29. This is the first confirmed case within the base community.
Malmstrom AFB officials said in a news release on Monday that the airman is now under a "restriction of movement" order and observing established protection protocols after recent duty-related travel outside the local area when the positive result was confirmed. The person will remain in isolation at home on base. Malmstrom public health officials are now conducting contact tracing.
“We are taking all proper measures consistent with guidance from the Department of Defense and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said 341st Missile Wing commander Colonel Jennifer Reeves. “COVID-19 is a threat, and we will meet these challenges together to protect our team, our mission, and our community.”
Malmstrom leaders are monitoring the situation and working closely with public health agencies community partners.
The Malmstrom Public Affairs office will provide the community with up-to-date information about force health protection to include appropriate measures to prevent spread of the virus.
The agency said that clean workstations, common areas, high-touch surfaces, and disciplined hygiene are crucial for halting the spread of disease and germs. Airmen, their families, and civilians should regularly wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, limit contact with those who have been sick, and avoid large public gatherings.
For the latest base specific information on COVID-19, visit the Malmstrom AFB Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MalmstromAirForceBase/ or the Malmstrom AFB website at https://www.malmstrom.af.mil/Home/COVID-19/.