FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (WTVF) — Fort Campbell has transitioned to ready status in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fort Campbell held a town hall meeting via Facebook live, Tuesday night.
The new status means revised holiday hours for all of the gates and all dining facilities will be take-out only. Visitors are still allowed on base but you must have a health screening before entering.
It's possible the base's 531st Hospital Group may soon deploy to New York to help with the outbreak there.
It's important to note that Fort Campbell has not had any confirmed cases yet.
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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:
- Shortness of breath
- At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as: