Leadership at Dover Air Force Base has ordered the Child Development Center (CDC) closed until August 10 due to potential COVID exposure.
Those who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 have been notified and the threat of further exposure has been mitigated, according to a statement released on Friday. Officials said this one week closure will enable the CDC to effectively provide for the safety and security of all children, staff, and families in the current COVID-19 environment.
“There is nothing more precious to parents than the well-being and safety of their children,” said Col. Matthew Jones, 436th Airlift Wing commander. “As a parent and your commander, I take that very seriously. I also care about the safety and well-being of our childcare providers. Without their unwavering support and dedication, Team Dover could never accomplish the mission as effectively as we do. I have decided to close the CDC so that we can continue to provide the highest standard of care to our Dover families in the future.”
During this closure, CDC facilities will continue to be cleaned and industrially sanitized. There will be a caregiver forum to help educate CDC staff on COVID-19 precautions and mitigation techniques in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, read the statement.
Officials said parents will also be contacted to discuss concerns and childcare needs. The CDC has already begun developing new workplace practices and reorganizing facilities to safely continue providing care for Dover AFB’s children.