60 Positive COVID-19 cases reported at Marine Mountain Warfare Training Center | Mono County faces restrictions

Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC) in northern Mono County


The Few, the Proud, the Infected…the Marines.

Mono County Press Release

November 3, 2020 – Over the last two weeks, Mono County has experienced an increase in COVID19 (Coronavirus) cases significant enough to threaten our current Tier 3 “Moderate” (orange) status
within the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy (Blueprint). The Blueprint governs our local economic and social activity based upon the degree of virus transmission within the county.

Known as ‘docs,’ corpsmen have been side-by-side Marines in every clime and place to aid the wounded and share their medical knowledge. This training photo from 2007 is from the MCMWTC, where many types of training are given.

Most of the new cases are associated with the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC) in northern Mono County (Pickel Meadows), with over 60 cases reported to the county by the Marine base since the outbreak was identified on October 21. The Marine Corps has independent healthcare and public health capacity and maintains overall responsibility for the outbreak response.

The MCMWTC is working diligently to coordinate appropriate response and continues to work closely with interagency partners, including Mono County Public Health, to monitor the situation and implement appropriate measures to reduce further exposure both on the base, and within the community.

In addition, the MCMWTC has spoken with the Eastern Sierra Unified School District Superintendent and Mono County Public Health and confirmed that, to date, no cases among school children have been identified. The MCMWTC is conducting extensive testing of personnel, and the number of positive cases identified is expected to rise in the coming days as tests are completed.

Currently, there is no evidence that the outbreak at the MCMWTC has contributed to increased community transmission outside of the Marine Corps community in Mono County, despite some increase in unassociated cases.

Within the next two days, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which assigns Blueprint
tier status for local jurisdictions, will release assessments and tier assignments based upon COVID-19 data from the week of October 18-24. Mono County Public Health officials have had initial discussions with CDPH and received confirmation that cases on military bases do count toward county rates for purposes of tier assignments.

“Mono County’s cases have increased beginning the week of October 18-24. The rates recently are high enough to potentially cause us to move to a more restrictive tier, assuming that they are sustained for two consecutive weeks.” stated Dr. Tom Boo, Mono County Public Health Officer. “Public Health and Mono County Officials will continue to work with State Officials on the actual impact MCMWTC cases will have on Mono County’s status.”

All Mono County residents and visitors are asked to do their part to  #StaySafeToStayOpen. This is more than a hashtag – it needs to become a way of life.

Additional information regarding the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is available online:
https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/ or by visiting the Mono County COVID-19 Portal in English:
MonoHealth.com/Coronavirus or Spanish: https://monohealth.com/coronavirus-es.

Remember: Cover. Distance. Wash and #StaySafeToStayOpen!

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10 Responses to 60 Positive COVID-19 cases reported at Marine Mountain Warfare Training Center | Mono County faces restrictions

  1. Lydia November 4, 2020 at 8:28 pm #

    Many thanks to the public health experts who help negotiate informed scientific decisions for our community’s safety

  2. Tourbillon November 4, 2020 at 5:48 pm #

    Adherence to the diktats of unelected public health officials whose principal consistency is the application of shifting ad hoc rules must “become a way of life”. Ponder that exhortation my fellow citizens.

    • Pedro November 5, 2020 at 3:56 am #


      Your diktat brings all the boys to the yard
      And they’re like, it’s better than Boo’s
      Damn right it’s better than Boo’s

      Sheesh, just wash your hands and cover your mouth around others.

    • Stop non-essential travel November 5, 2020 at 8:42 am #

      Ah, but adherence to the diktats of an ill-educated / mysogynistic / homophobic / xenophobic / racist / hypocritical “christian” with narcissistic personality disorder who refuses to accept basic scientific principles (granted, likely due to a lack of ability to comprehend) and the democratic process, and has “become a way of life” for far too many of my fellow citizens and, apparently, you, is perfectly ok. Ponder that exhortation Tourbillon.

      • Tourbillon November 5, 2020 at 9:08 pm #

        Ah yes, everyone who disagrees with you is a racist hypocritical Christian even though you are blissfully ignorant of who you’re talking to. That schtick should be old even to a Boomer. Your kind of hate filled poison is at the root of our current uncivil polarization. Ponder that Mr. “stop non essential travel ” and do us all a favor. Stop non essential travel from your little hut of misthanthropy, cower in masked up fear as long as you like, and let the rest of us live our lives free of your autocracy.

        • Stop non-essential travel November 6, 2020 at 7:44 am #

          Your post was about non-elected public health officials – I was referring to our president, who WAS elected 4 years ago, and who got us into this public health mess. I wasn’t attacking you, I was making a factual statement about donald trump. I’m also not a “Mr” but your assumption that I am, possibly speaks to your likely deep-rooted, cultural and social biases.

    • Charle. O Jones November 5, 2020 at 10:41 am #

      Count me as opposed to having our public health officials, (or other science based experts) elected.

      • Tourbillon November 5, 2020 at 9:14 pm #

        Anyone who swears fealty to unelected public health officials after the exemption they granted to BLM from the rules they applied to everyone else needs to have a good long look in the mirror.

        • Hans November 5, 2020 at 10:29 pm #

          Anyone who wants to convince anyone else that he is right might want to stop writing as if he wears a monocle and ascot. Even if you were right about anything, using pompous language (“diktat”, “exhortation”, “ponder”) to express your thoughts might lead readers of to write them off as the self-important grumbling of a lonely crank.

        • Charles O. Jones November 6, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

          Looks in the mirror? Sorry, the mirror has been occupied with you rehearsing you comments section theatrics. That aside, I don’t need to look any further than our current political environment to know that electing our science based experts would be colossal mistake.


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