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Fort Campbell medical personnel sent to New York to help in Coronavirus fight

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Posted at 10:45 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 17:41:00-04

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WTVF) — More than 300 medical personnel from the Fort Campbell 531st Hospital Center will deploy to New York to help in the fight against the Cornavirus.

A press release said they will provide a full range of healthcare services in support of emergency medical facilities and are prepared to provide medical support and hospital capabilities in support of the ongoing COVID-19 response in the state.

"They are well trained, well led, and well equipped, and the 300 plus Soldiers that make up the unit are absolute professionals. They will make a significant positive impact for New York and the Nation during this mission," a press release stated.

The deployment is part of the national effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Army is working with interagency partners – including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense Military Health System and others – to support and protect the military force and the Americans.

Fort Campbell medical personnel will work closely with supporting medical network partners to mitigate how the deployment will impact scheduled appointments at Fort Campbell.

Providers will ensure patients receive safe and timely care; and reschedule appointments as needed. Persons who have an upcoming medical appointment should call their primary care manager to confirm the appointment date and time.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.