Fort Hood tells nonessential personnel to shelter in place

Fort Hood acted Tuesday to reduce the number of personnel working on post as part of the effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. (File)
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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, the deputy commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, ordered the post’s commanders to shift to Mission Essential Manning effective at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Non-mission-essential personnel were directed to shelter in place as required by Bell County’s shelter in place order issued on Monday.

The move should significantly reduce the number of personnel working on post.

“This decision will help mitigate the spread of the virus while allowing us to maintain our core mission capabilities, and critical functions and services on the installation,” Efflandt said.

“This order does not mean everyone can return to home. Mission support to the Department of Defense and the nation continues as an enduring priority alongside our COVID-19 response.”

Mission and critical services will continue to operate, he said.

“We will continue to assess the situation and will adjust further as needed.”

One of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bell County involves a Fort Hood soldier, the post announced Monday.

The unnamed soldier is male, ranges in age from 30 to 39, lives in the county and is assigned to the 3rd Cavalry regiment.

He is self-quarantined at his off-post residence.

Another of the Bell County residents who have confirmed cases of the virus is a military retiree who’s male, between the ages of 40 and 49, and lives in Killeen.

He, too, is self-quarantined at his home.