This is the fifth time the state has broken the daily case record in less than 10 days
“We’re prepared for this. We still have lots of capacity in our medical center," Miller added, saying the base is seeing an “origination” of cases from outside the base, not on the base.
Miller urged viewers of the virtual town hall to continue to wear facial coverings, maintain safe physical distances and keep their hands clean and sanitized.
“If we start to see a lot of hot spots across the installation ... that would bring us back" to an earlier health protection condition, the colonel cautioned. “But we’re not seeing that.”
Miller instituted condition Bravo last month. He emphasized then — as he emphasized Wednesday — that in no way is returning to 15,000 workers on base a kind of mandate or target.
“That’s not a target, folks," Miller said. “It is still not a target. We don’t intend to get to 50%. That’s not a goal to get to 50%. That’s an ability, based on the mission sets.”
“There has been a significant uptick of COVID cases, not only at Wright-Patterson but in all of our surrounding counties,” said Dr. Michael Crowder, public health emergency officer at Wright-Patterson.
Ohio’s largest single-site employer, the base has been largely closed down for the past seven months of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with only 10% of the base’s typical 30,000 workers permitted to be physically on base in the pandemic’s earliest weeks.
By May, commanders were allowed to bring up to 20% of their assigned workforce back to Wright-Patterson offices. Most workers continued — and continue — to work from home or elsewhere.
Miller assumed command of the 88th Air Base Wing in June.