Fort Bliss officials announced Saturday morning that the post has officially extended its November 6th public health emergency declaration.
Fort Bliss entered the first 30-day public health emergency due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases within the greater El Paso area and surrounding communities. The Installation Commander has the authority to declare a public health emergency in 30-day periods.
The declaration of a public health emergency allows the commander to posture the William Beaumont Army Medical Center to better support a surge in patients.
Since the November 6 declaration, the William Beaumont Army Medical Center has relieved the strain on El Paso resources by receiving the transfer of over one-hundred eligible beneficiary patients from local hospitals, by operating numerous COVID-19 testing sites, and by distributing test results. The mobile Intensive Care Unit established by the Veterans Administration also remains at the WBAMC providing an additional surge capacity if needed.
Post officials add that Fort Bliss restrictions and health protection measures remain in place.
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