Medical provider at Joint Base Langley-Eustis tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 4:33 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 16:33:19-04

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – Joint Base Langley-Eustis confirms a medical provider assigned to McDonald Army Health Center at Fort Eustis has tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials say the individual recently returned from travel out of the country.

“To limit exposure to others, the individual followed all precautions, self-isolated and sought out medical attention,” said a Joint Base Langley-Eustis spokesperson. “Public health officials have completed the contact tracing process and notified those who may have come into contact with the positive individual.”

Base officials say they are working closely with the Virginia Department of Health to coordinate prevention and response efforts in the local area.

“My leadership team and I are committed to the continued safety of our entire community and are actively engaged and monitoring COVID-19,” said Col. Clint Ross, installation commander. “We will continue coordinating with military and civilian health care agencies to mitigate the effects of this virus. It is important we all work together to flatten the curve.”

Joint Base Langley-Eustis is amilitary facility located adjacent to Hampton and Newport News. The base is an amalgamation of the United States Air Force's Langley Air Force Base and the United States Army's Fort Eustis.