A Department of the Army civilian employed on Fort Stewart has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the post's public affairs office. The patient is in isolation at home in accordance with CDC guidance, the PAO said.
For public health tracking purposes, the civilian employee counts as a positive case for Liberty County, according to a press release. The Georgia Department of Public Health previously reported the positive case for the county. Efforts are underway, in coordination with military and local health authorities, to determine how and where the patient was exposed to the virus, the release said.
The press release issued Tuesday also said "Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield leadership continues to prioritize the health and safety of our military, civilians and family members. We will continue to take precautionary measures to protect the health and welfare of the community."
"Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield continues to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously and the health and welfare of our soldiers, family members, civilians and local community remains our top priority," said 3rd Infantry Division commanding general Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto. "We continue to implement efforts to protect ourselves and those we love, and are working closely with a number of military and civilian agencies to limit the spread of this virus, both on and off of our installations."
Military health officials remind people on and off the installations to take precautions by using the following preventive measures:
. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol
if soap and water are unavailable.
Additional information on preventive measures are on the Fort Stewart
website: https://home.army.mil/stewart/ .