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Moody AFB closes Child Development Center after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Moody Air Force Base
Posted at 9:38 AM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 09:40:19-04

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — Moody Air Force Base's child development center is closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and multiple children were sent home sick.

According to posts on the 23rd Wing Commander’s Facebook page, they don't believe the employee testing positive for the COVID-19 and the sick children are related, though officials have decided to close the Child Development Center will remain closed until 7 a.m. on July 7 out of an abundance of caution.

At this time, only one staff member at the center has tested positive.

Base officials said in an earlier post that the employee had no direct contact with children, and was wearing all appropriate personal protective equipment around staff.

In the last 24 hours, according to the Commander's post, one classroom had multiple children sent home with illness. Now, Moody Public Health is investigating and is notifying affected parents and staff.

"Staff and parents follow strict cleaning and personal protection equipment protocols so we do not believe this incident is related to the one confirmed case of COVID-19 among CDC employees," Col. Daniel P. Walls wrote.

If you need to change your duty hours, you are asked to contact your supervisor and/or chain of command to coordinate any necessary changes.

"We understand this is a last minute change that affects you and your family in a serious way,"Walls wrote in the post. "Our Flying Tiger family has a lot going on at work, at home and in the world—and as a parent, I can only imagine how this altered your morning and your entire day personally and professionally."