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Joint Base Andrews News

NEWS | March 16, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Joint Base Andrews declares public health emergency

By 11th Wing Public Affairs Office 11th Wing Public Affairs

The Joint Base Andrews installation commander declared a public health emergency for the base at 10 a.m. today due to the evolving threat of COVID-19.


The state of Maryland and various counties throughout the state are in similar states of emergency.

“Declaring a public health emergency on Joint Base Andrews allows us a proactive approach to protect the safety and health of our Airmen and the surrounding community,” said Col. Andrew Purath, the commander of the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews. “Our top priority remains mitigating the effects and potential spread of this coronavirus.”


The declaration of a public health emergency allows the base commander to take certain protective measures, such as restricting base movement and limiting services. The emergency order is in place for 30 days. The order can be terminated or extended as required.


On March 17 at 11 a.m., Purath and his command chief will hold a Facebook Live question and answer session to address concerns around COVID-19. The live stream can be accessed on the Joint Base Andrews Facebook page:


The most updated information is available on the Joint Base Andrews COVID-19 website: