The Chinese Coronavirus Hits West Point
by Scott Faith
In an official release published earlier today, officials at West Point confirmed the Academy’s first two cases of COVID19, also known as the Chinese coronavirus. The two infected individuals, who worked in West Point’s “Emergency Operations Center,” are now self-quarantined in an off-campus location. Cadets and most of the faculty are on an extended Spring Break and are off the Academy grounds.
The Academy’s Superintendent, Lieutenant General Darryl Williams, explained in a letter to the West Point community that cadets and faculty will return at a time to be determined. There is not yet a decision on how the COVID19 situation will affect the graduation of West Point’s Class of 2020.
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Local health authorities have confirmed that two employees who work in the Emergency Operations Center at the U.S. Military Academy have tested positive for COVID-19.
The employees placed themselves in self quarantine immediately after recognizing possible exposure and are currently isolated at an off-post location.
Health protection of the workforce is a top priority, and the academy will continue to ensure that all personnel have the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent spread of the virus.
Over the weekend, West Point was closed to visitors and all large gatherings have been cancelled. The Child Development Center, Department of Defense Education Activity schools, Child & Youth Services and all fitness facilities are closed. All restaurants on the installation are grab and go only. The leadership has instituted strict guidelines and social distancing practices for the protection of others within the community.
For the latest updates, go to www.westpoint.edu/coronavirus.