FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Nearly 70 soldiers and trainees at Fort Leonard Wood have tested positive for Covid-19. Its public affairs office made the announcement on Sunday.
The results follow a two-day testing event of approximately 500 soldiers and trainees by base health professionals, according to the press release. Those infected or exposed to individuals with the virus are contained to one training unit to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, it stated. All soldiers and trainees who were tested are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment. Fort Leonard Wood hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation, according to the press release.
Contact tracing continues to be performed, the release stated, as does strict enforcement of social distancing and the use of cloth face masks.
“Our people – military, civilians and families – and their health, welfare and safety are our highest priority. We continue to assess, refine and coordinate prevention and response efforts on post and in the local area to ensure the well-being of our personnel and local population,” the release stated. “Fort Leonard Wood leadership remain in close coordination with local and state public health authorities and have assessed that the local communities are not at an increased risk.”
Additional information can be found on the Fort Leonard Wood website.