Air Force base in Oklahoma City increasing COVID-19 precautions

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Tinker Air Force Base said, effective Friday, its increasing COVID-19 precautions in correlation with the rise of COVID-19 transmissions.

The Oklahoma City base said measures being taken include mask requirements, risk assessment of mass gatherings and COVID testing.

The base said that in areas of substantial or high community COVID transmission, service members, federal employees, onsite contractor employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are directed to wear a mask indoors on installations and in other facilities owned, leased or controlled by the Department of Defense.

The CDC says Oklahoma County, where the base is located, is in a high risk level of COVID-19 transmissions. Tulsa County has also been deemed high risk.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 8,449 new COVID-19 cases between July 3 and July 9. Active cases in the state total over 16 thousand.

More information about COVID-19 and Tinker Air Force Base is available here.