KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE. – Kirtland has raised its Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level to B-plus in response to the spread of COVID-19.The decision to implement a higher HPCON was taken to stay in step with the Air Force and state and local authorities.There are no cases of COVID-19 on Kirtland AFB.The Installation Commander, Col. David S. Miller, has directed the elevation of the condition level to align with existing precautionary measures, and education of base personnel in preventing a potential widespread outbreak.The HPCON B-Plus increase implements base measures that defines heightened exposure risk. The new recommendations include increasing the measures of HPCON A: vigorous hand-washing, self-monitoring for symptoms and self-isolating, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. HPCON B expands these measures to include: strict hygiene, self-isolation if exposed even if not symptomatic, careful cleaning of common-use items/areas, and staying away from large gatherings.The new condition level also directs maximum use of telework for non-essential personnel, to limit in-person meetings, as well as restriction of movement for individuals who have recently traveled to impacted areas. For Team Kirtland mission partners, the implementation of the measures will be decided by their respective commanders.For the latest information on COVID-19, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. For Kirtland specific information and updates, see the Kirtland Public Web site at www.kirtland.af.mil and download the Kirtland app.