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Fort Hood soldier tests positive for coronavirus, U.S. Army says

Fort Hood (Ricardo Brazziell/TNS)

A Fort Hood soldier has tested positive for the coronavirus, U.S. military officials said Monday.

The soldier in his 30s is assigned to the 3rd Calvary Regiment. He is in self-isolation at his home, which is not on the Fort Hood post, military officials said.

“Out of an abundance of caution, other soldiers who he may have been in contact with are self-quarantined in their residences,” Fort Hood officials said in a statement.

Officials also announced that a military retiree in his 40s and living in Killeen tested positive as well for COVID-19, the illness associated with the virus, at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center at Fort Hood. He called the U.S. Army public health hot line before arriving at the medical center, and medical protocols were in place to receive him and conduct the test, officials said.

The retiree is self-isolating at his Killeen home, official said.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms who plans to arrive at the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center should call the hot line ahead of time at 254-553-6612.

Fort Hood has closed some operations, but the post is still training soldiers.

“The core responsibilities of soldiers continue, even in times of crisis like COVID-19,” Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, Fort Hood’s deputy commanding general, said last Thursday.


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