Maj. Gen. Antonio Aguto
3rd ID Commander
Marne 6 sends: Addressing COVID-19 concerns
It has recently been brought to my attention that there are rumors of suspected cases of COVID-19 on Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, involving Soldiers, and I would like to take a minute to address those rumors. Governor Kemp confirmed yesterday that there are now five cases of COVID-19 in the state of Georgia, but none of those are in our local community, or on Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield. Out of an abundance of caution, and due to the spread of COVID-19, I have issued additional guidance to the division and tenant units on both installations to prevent the potential spread of the virus in our community, ensure a timely and focused response to any potential outbreak, if needed, and maintain warfighter readiness.
As the senior mission commander, and in direct coordination with senior medical personnel and our higher headquarters, I have made the decision to enact Enhanced Force Health Protection Measures, and have placed four Soldiers newly arrived to Fort Stewart under observation and monitoring, supervised by the Marne Reception Center cadre and screened regularly by our doctors.
All four Soldiers recently PCS'ed from high risk areas, in this case the Republic of Korea, and my decision falls in line with CDC guidance and recommendations. None of the four Soldiers have shown any symptoms of illness, to include COVID-19, and at this time there are no indications that any Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield personnel have been infected with COVID-19.
The health and welfare of our Soldiers, Family members and civilians, as well as the local community, is paramount and our efforts are directed at detection and the prevention of the spread of this illness. The very best way to prevent the spread of this virus is to avoid other people who are sick, wash your hands often with soap and water, and if that is not an option, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
I ask that you continue to follow the CDC, WWW.CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/INDEX.HTML, for the most up-to-date information, as well as the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison and 3rd Infantry Division Facebook pages for information related to our local communities. Additionally, the TRICARE Nurse Hotline is available 24 hours, seven days a week at 1-800-TRICARE, Option 1.
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