Esper approves DoD housing for US coronavirus quarantine after eighth case confirmed

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday approved Department of Defense (DoD) housing at four military bases for 1,000 people who may have to be quarantined as a result of the coronavirus, following the appearance of the eighth confirmed case of the disease in the U.S.

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Rath Hoffman made the announcement and said the program is designed for those returning from overseas.

“Secretary Esper has approved an RFA [request for application] from #HHS [Health and Human Services] for housing support for 1,000 people who may need to be quarantined upon arrival from overseas travel due to the novel #coronoravirus,” he said. “Under the request, DOD will only provide housing support.”

“The department’s primary responsibility is the safety of our force, our families and our base communities,” Hoffman continued. “DOD personnel will not be directly in contact with any potential evacuees and evacuees will not have access to any base location other than their assigned housing.”

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Author: Dian Welle