JB MDL announces first positive COVID-19 case

By RELEASE NO. 01-18-20 | 87 Air Base Wing Public Affairs | March 18, 2020

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NJ —

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst announces first positive COVID-19 case. 

A dependent of a service member assigned to the joint base is currently undergoing evaluation and treatment following a positive novel coronavirus test.  The individual is in isolation at an off-base residence. Medical officials are performing contact tracing, and related information will be provided when available. 

“Right now we have one confirmed case of COVID-19,” said Col Bridget Gigliotti, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst commander. “The safety of our service members, families and employees is our top priority.  We will continue to work with our interagency partners to ensure we do everything we can to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and ensure everyone has the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of the virus.”   

The current Health Protection Condition level for JB MDL is Bravo to reflect the moderate disease threat posed by COVID-19 and the risk of exposure to personnel.  Also, the base recently announced a Public Health Emergency in line with county and state declarations. Personnel should avoid handshaking, wipe common-use items, avoid risk areas and self-isolate as needed.  

We encourage all joint base personnel and families to stay informed on COVID-19 with updates from the CDC and base-level communications methods, including our base mobile app, website and social media pages.