KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Kingsley Field has had someone at the base test positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for the 173rd Fighter Wing confirmed on Thursday.
The base near Klamath Falls is home to a unit of the Oregon Air National Guard. The 173rd Fighter Wing trains pilots on the F-15 Eagle, employing more than 1,000 people on the base.
"The continued safety and well-being of the installation is our top priority," said public affairs superintendent SMSgt. Jennifer Shirar. "We are working with our base medical staff and off-base health care agencies to ensure we mitigate the effects of COVID-19 using established Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Defense Department guidelines."
SMSgt. Shirar said that public health officials for the 173rd Medical Group were actively tracing the member's recent activity and contacts in cooperation with Klamath County health authorities.
"Anyone considered to have been exposed to increased risk will be contacted directly," SMSgt. Shirar said.
On Thursday, Klamath County announced seven new positive cases of COVID-19 in the region, bringing the total up to 12. Public health officials said that two Alaska Airlines flights were being investigated as possible sources of exposure to the virus.