Fort Lee civilian employee dies from COVID-19 complications

Posted at 5:08 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 17:19:30-04

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. -- A civilian employee at Fort Lee has died from COVID-19 complications, Fort Lee announced Tuesday.

The patient was a civilian employee assigned to Fort Lee's Kenner Army Health Clinic.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and coworkers of our deceased team member during this incredibly difficult time,” said Maj. Gen. Rodney D. Fogg, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command commanding general and Fort Lee senior commander.

Officials say the employee was in self-quarantine at home since March 26 due to contact off-post with another person who tested positive for the virus.

The employee was admitted to the hospital on April 6 after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result two days earlier. The patient died Tuesday, April 14.

“The Public Health Team at Kenner conducted a thorough contact tracing along with other appropriate actions in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidance,” said a Fort Lee spokesperson. “The few employees at risk of inadvertent exposure were directed to take precautionary measures in accordance with Department of Defense guidance, including self-quarantine and monitoring as appropriate.”

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COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.