Fort Campbell announces first confirmed COVID-19 positive case in service member

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FORT CAMPBELL (WKRN) — A Fort Campbell soldier has tested positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case of the virus in a service member there.

According to installation officials, the soldier who is assigned to a tenant unit is currently isolated at their off-post residence. The soldier has shown symptoms but has not required hospitalization.

Upon notification of the result, Fort Campbell officials and Blanchfield Army Community Hospital professionals “ensured the individual was medically cared for and immediately began conducting contact tracing to determine whether any others may have been exposed.”

Officials say that those individuals deemed at risk will be directly notified. Health professionals and leaders are coordinating closely with civilian authorities in the surround area to determine any potential risk of off-installation exposure.

“Fort Campbell officials are continually assessing the environment, and implementing all appropriate control measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, to include limiting staffing to mission essential personnel; modifying restaurant services to to-go posture; modifying dining facilities to grab-and-go posture; limiting childcare facilities to dependents of mission-essential personnel; and other safety and social distancing measures,” said installation officials in a release.

In addition, Fort Campbell is following direction of the Department of Defense and will no longer release or confirm aggregated numbers of positive cases on post “for operations security purposes.” Fort Campbell will reportedly still report positive cases to the Tennessee and Kentucky health departments and to the Department of Defense.

“The safety of our community is a top proirity, but this must be balanced with preserving readiness and maintaining OPSEC,” said installation officials.

Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Tennessee Department of Health strongly encourages Tennesseans to wash your hands often with soap and water and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

The CDC recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.

High-risk individuals are defined as adults over 60 years old or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.

The Tennessee Department of Health offers a COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, with information available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.

COVID-19 in Tennessee

(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


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