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'Very low' cases of coronavirus at RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath

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Covid-19 cases on RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath remain ‘very low’ and there have been no deaths, it was confirmed this week.

A spokeswoman for the bases said they were unable to release case numbers for operational security reasons, but all were reported to Public Health England for inclusion in its statistics.

The bases are operating reduced work schedules through the lockdown to help mitigate the spread of the virus while maintaining NATO support.

RAF Lakenheath sign. (34626427)
RAF Lakenheath sign. (34626427)

The spokeswoman said RAF Lakenheath and Mildenhall were adhering to strict hygiene and social distancing as well as England’s lockdown measures, with only essential services remaining open.

“Most customer service agencies have remained limited to virtual assistance and food services have been limited to takeaway only,” said Capt Lauren Ott, chief of public affairs.

“Some facilities have resumed operations following the initial lockdown order after undergoing deep cleaning in order to support critical childcare needs for essential workers and physical health requirements.”

In operating facilities measures including social distancing, the wearing of face masks and enhanced cleaning and disinfection regimes have been implemented.

“Any further re-openings will be at the direction of base leadership following careful analysis of conditions.”

Car dealerships at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall are currently open by appointment only ‘under extenuating circumstances’.

“We prioritise the health and safety of our communities both on and off base and will continue to follow US and UK Government guidance,” added Capt Ott.