San Francisco Chronicle

Military base issues warning


Military leaders on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have declared a public health emergency in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in Alaska.

They also encouraged all personnel to avoid places that do not require masks or social distancing, officials said.

U.S. Air Force Col. Kirsten Aguilar said the declaratio­n will remain in effect for 30 days, but could be shortened or extended based on cases and community transmissi­on of COVID-19.

Hospitaliz­ations and COVID-19 cases across the state have increased as a result of the highly contagious delta variant.

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