Pentagon Names 11 Military Bases as Potential Coronavirus Quarantine Centers

February 11, 2020 Updated: February 11, 2020
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The Pentagon said it has named 11 military bases that could serve as potential quarantine areas for U.S. coronavirus cases after being asked by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Department of Defense (DOD) named installations “near 11 major airports that could house additional passengers” if HHS facilities become filled, according to a news release.

The list of bases and installations include Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, near Honolulu International Airport; Great Lakes Training Center Navy Base, close to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in Illinois; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Texas, located near Dallas Fort Worth International Airport; Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, close to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Fort Hamilton, New York, located near John F. Kennedy International Airport; Naval Base Kitsap, Washington state, near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; Joint Base Anacostia, Washington, for passengers traveling to Virginia; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, for Newark Liberty International Airport; and Fort Custer Training Center, Michigan, near Detroit.

“These are tertiary locations, and HHS already has primary and secondary locations identified that are not DOD facilities,” the DOD said in a statement.

Up to 20 people can be housed at these locations along with HHS staff, the agency said, adding that HHS workers, not the Pentagon, will oversee the quarantines.

“Should routine monitoring of the evacuees identify ill individuals, HHS has procedures in place to transport them to a local civilian medical facility,” the DOD said.

“DOD personnel will not be in direct contact with the evacuees and will minimize contact with personnel supporting the evacuees,” according to Pentagon statement. “HHS will also ensure that no evacuated personnel are transferred to any DOD installation if they are infected or ill.”

So far, in the United States, 13 cases have been confirmed in California, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington state, and Arizona. In China, the virus has prompted regime officials to initiate lockdowns in dozens of cities after it locked down Wuhan, Hubei Province.

The 13th coronavirus patient was an American who was among a group that was flown from Wuhan by the U.S. State Department, according to health officials. He arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego last week, and he was taken to a nearby hospital after officials confirmed he contracted the disease.

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Passengers board buses after arriving on an airplane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., on Jan. 29, 2020. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP Photo)

“This morning, CDC officials advised San Diego Public Health that further testing revealed that one of the four patients tested positive for [novel coronavirus],” the University of California, San Diego, said in a statement. “The confirmed positive patient was returned to UC San Diego Health for observation and isolation until cleared” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health officials in Riverside County, California, announced on Tuesday that 195 Americans who were evacuated from around Wuhan have been released from a 14-day quarantine at the March Air Reserve Base. None of the patients tested positive for the virus.

“All 195 evacuees have completed final health check” and “pose no health risk,” the CDC’s Dr. Nancy Knight said, adding that they are “safe to reenter their communities.”