By Maj. Holli Nelson
West Virginia National Guard Public Affairs
The West Virginia National Guard issues the following statement with regard to inquiries into Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) monitoring at Camp Dawson:
At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia. An individual assigned to the West Virginia National Guard, who was undergoing training at Camp Dawson, was informed by their civilian employer on March 8, 2020, that they may have had direct contact with an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19. The suspected contact took place Feb. 29, 2020, at the service member’s employment location outside of the State of West Virginia.
Since the time of notification on March 8, 2020, the service member began self-quarantine actions and departed Camp Dawson on March 9, 2020, to their home of residence in Virginia. The service member has not displayed any symptoms and has remained under self-quarantine. Based on medical guidance, the incubation period for COVID-19 is 14 days. The service member’s incubation period for exposure will end on March 14, 2020.
There is limited risk to the public and anyone who works on or has visited Camp Dawson. Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking all precautionary measures to protect the health of our force and maintain operational readiness. We will continue to evaluate current day-to-day operations to ensure the safety of all personnel working and training at Camp Dawson. We encourage individuals to follow the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR).
The WVDHHR has established a 24-hour hotline to address public and medical provider questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 at 1-800-887-4304. For the most up-to-date information, please visit coronavirus.wv.gov or http://www.cdc.gov/COVID19.