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How the coronavirus outbreak is impacting our military

Posted: 7:20 AM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 15:29:55-04
Military Sealift Command Hospital Ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) on loads supplies in support of the nation's COVID-19 response efforts.

NORFOLK, Va. - Many may be wondering how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting our service men and women.

As of Tuesday afternoon there are a total of 86 confirmed active coronavirus cases across the Navy, broken down as, 57 service members, 13 civilian employees, 11 dependents and 5 contractors.

The Army Corps of Engineers is set to begin work to convert hotels and dorms into temporary medical facilities.

More telework is also being encouraged across the defense department and military field hospitals have been given instructions to prepare orders.

The military is set to offer relief as well. One of the two Navy hospital ships went underway today to support efforts in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The USNS Mercy left it’s homeport of San Diego to help ease the pressure on healthcare systems. Right now the Mercy’s sister ship – USNS Comfort is still in Norfolk trying to expedite needed maintenance.

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