TRAVIS AFB (CBS13) — Travis Air Force Base airmen transported an active-duty service member who tested positive for COVID-19 from the Indo-Pacific region to the US on Friday, base officials announced.
Travis AFB said the individual is being treated at David Grant USAF Medical Center on base.READ MORE: Sacramento Homeowners Told Backyards Must Be Downsized For New Trail Installation
Base officials said the aeromedical evacuation mission saw the first use of the Transport Isolation System (TIS) to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area to transport COVID-19 patients and the 18th employment overall since the first use in April.READ MORE: Sacramento Family Struggling With Early-Onset Dementia Diagnosis Gives Heartfelt Plea On Big Day Of Giving
Officials said the base is one of three staging areas for the Air Force’s specialized evacuation missions during the pandemic.MORE NEWS: Wine Waste: The New Superfood?
Base officials said the TIS is a biocontainment unit designed to allow medical care to be provided to patients in-flight without posing a risk to aircrew, medical attendants, and the airframe. Travis AFB said the TIS was originally developed during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.