Joint Base Langley-Eustis has 1 coronavirus positive case

An aerial photograph of Langley Air Force Base and the Hampton Roads area during Airpower Over Hampton Roads Airshow at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, May 20, 2018. (WYDaily/U.S. Air Force photo courtesy Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec)

Officials at Joint Base Langley-Eustis on Thursday said a medical provider assigned to McDonald Army Health Center at Fort Eustis, who recently returned from travel out of the country, tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID 19).

The person self-isolated and sought out medical attention.

“Public health officials have completed the contact tracing process and notified those who may have come into contact with the positive individual,” base officials wrote in a news release.

Officials added they are working closely with the Virginia Department of Health “to coordinate prevention and response efforts in the local area,” and are providing updated information to personnel.

“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.”

As of Thursday, Virginia has 94 positive cases and 19 hospitalizations. James City County has 14 and one each for Williamsburg and York County, according to the Virginia Department of  Health.

The two coronavirus deaths in the state so far were in the Peninsula.

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