Coronavirus company news summary – USAF increases Covid-19 testing capability

9 October 2020 (Last Updated October 9th, 2020 09:08)

9 October

The US Air Force (USAF) has increased its Covid-19 testing capability with the execution of an enterprise-wide contract vehicle. The Air Force Installation Contracting Center’s 773rd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron awarded a $33m contract to BioDefense to scale up its production capacity of coronavirus tests. With the award, the company will be able to expand manufacturing by three folds. 773rd ESS commander Ethel Seabrook-Hennessy lieutenant colonel said: "This enterprise-wide contract vehicle will provide 42 military treatment facilities with respiratory panels, negating the need for each MTF to procure the panels via a separate contract, which drove greater efficiency and cost savings in the acquisition."

Buckley Air Force Base (AFB) has enhanced Covid-19 preventative measures on base amidst increasing cases in the area. Some of the measures to be implemented include base entry and group restrictions. IDs will be visually inspected through the glass with windows to remain up. Limitations will be in place on group gatherings on the installation. No more than 25 individuals will be allowed. Unit/Group PT will be suspended, and track will be confined to 25 people. Face masks will remain mandatory.

The US Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) has moved to Recovery Stage 2, which could see the start of non-mission essential tasks in the workplace only if telework support is not possible. The shift follows as the base observed drop in Covid-19 cases and in nearby communities. 96th Test Wing commander brigadier general Scott Cain said that the base was also directed to move to a modified Health Protection Condition Bravo. Cain said: “Although Covid-19 conditions are improving overall, our continued vigilance in combatting the spread of this virus is essential.”