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WPAFB Raises COVID response to Delta Level as cases rise

 88th Air Base Wing Commander at WPAFB, Col. Pat Miller
88th Air Base Wing Commander at WPAFB, Col. Pat Miller

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has raised their health protection level from Charlie to Delta because of rising COVID numbers in the Miami Valley.

In a video released in the first week of the new year, Col. Pat Miller said the Department of Defense uses four criteria to determine their COVID response level - Incidence rate, expected numbers of new cases, The overall positivity rate, and hospital capacity rates.

"All of those measures have gotten worse," he said. "Montgomery County reports today over 1069 new cases for that COVID incidence rate. And our lowest county, Greene County, is still at 791 cases.

The 88th Air Base Wing Commander says those county case numbers are well above the limit that requires them to upgrade their pandemic response.

He urged residents to continue masking in public, social distancing, and asked the unvaccinated to get the vaccine.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.