FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — A soldier at Fort Leonard Wood tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a press release, the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital reported the positive case on March 21. It is the first positive case of U.S. Army personnel at the installation, according to the press release.
The soldier had recently traveled to New York and Florida and upon returning to Fort Leonard Wood was immediately screened at Harper In-Processing and placed in isolation. The soldier remains in isolation under medical care in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines.
Military and local health professionals are in the process of tracing and contacting people with whom the soldier might have had contact with over the past two weeks.
Military health professionals on Fort Leonard Wood continue to screen service members, Department of Defense civilians and family members who have traveled outside of the state of Missouri during the past two weeks. Per CDC guidance and Defense Health Agency protocols, individuals known to be at risk for a COVID-19 infection are immediately quarantined or isolated to prevent potential spread to others.
“Our people - military, civilians and families - and their health, welfare and safety are our highest priority. Fort Leonard Wood leadership remain in close coordination with state and federal authorities, and local public health authorities to coordinate prevention and response efforts in the local area and to ensure the well-being of our personnel and local population,” a press release said.