Declaration of a Public Health Emergency

  • Published

25 March 2020



SUBJECT: Declaration of a Public Health Emergency

1. Due to the public health situation on our installation and immediate surrounding civilian communities involving novel coronavirus (COVID-19), I am declaring a public health emergency on Dobbins ARB, GA. I have been notified by my Public Health Emergency Officer (PHEO) that immediate action is required. Based on the PHEO’s recommendations and the results of a preliminary investigation, I am declaring a public health emergency IAW 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 terminate sooner by myself or a senior commander in the chain of command.

2. The installation PHEO and medical personnel are hereby directed to execute local Memorandums of Understanding or Memorandums of Agreement with the local health department in order to identify, confirm, and control this public health emergency utilizing all the necessary means outlined 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 home quarantine for select individuals).

3. The installation command and 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.

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 $1000 or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.

CRAIG MCPIKE, Colonel, USAF Commander