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Pentagon raises base security globally over coronavirus

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TheHill.com

Pentagon raises base security globally over coronavirus

By Ellen Mitchell

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday raised the military’s health protection level to its second-highest setting for all Defense Department installations globally as the number of service members with coronavirus continues to increase.

The Pentagon elevated the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) to Charlie, a designation which will increase the number of employees teleworking, cancel large-scale meetings and require temperatures to be taken at entrances to some buildings on military installations, Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah told reporters.

She added that the measures will vary across facilities.

As of Wednesday morning, 227 service members had tested positive for the coronavirus — up 53 from the day prior — with 12 in the hospital.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/defense/489520-pentagon-raises-base-security-globally-over-coronavirus