COVID-19 // 18 March 2020

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  • 108th Wing

COVID-19 // 18 March 2020

SUBJECT: Declaration of a Public Health Emergency

1. Due to the public health situation on our installation
involving COVID-19, I am declaring a public health emergency on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. I have been notified by my Public Health Emergency Officer (PHEO) that immediate action is required. Based on the PHEO’s recommendation and the results of a preliminary investigation, I am declaring a public health emergency IAW DoD Instruction (DoDI) 6200.03, Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) within the DoD and AFI 10-2519, Public Health Emergencies and Incidents of Public Health Concern. This declaration will terminate automatically 30 days from the date of this memorandum unless it is renewed and re-reported, or terminated sooner by myself or a senior commander in the chain of command.

2. The installation PHEO and medical personnel are hereby authorized and directed to identify, confirm and control this public health emergency utilizing all the necessary means outlines in AFI 10-2519. To implement my direction, the PHEO may issue guidance that affects installation personnel and property, and other individuals working, residing, or visiting this installation (e.g. closing base facilities, restricting movement, or implementing quarantine for select individuals).

3. At my direction, the PHEO will coordinate activities and share information with state, local, tribal and territorial officials responsible for public health and public safety to ensure our response is appropriate for the public health emergency. Shared information may include personally identifiable health information only to the extent necessary to protect the public health and safety. Specific directions and restrictions to follow from the Crisis Action Team.

4. Any person who refuses to obey or otherwise violates an order during this declared public health emergency will be detained. Those not subject to military law will be detained until civil authorities can respond. Violators of procedures, protocols, provisions, and/or orders issued in conjunction with this public health emergency may be charged with a crime under the UCMJ and/or under, United States Code, Section 271. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 271, violators are subject to a fine up to $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.