Fort Hood soldiers quarantine on post

FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Since the COVID-19 outbreak, after coming back to Fort Hood from overseas, soldiers have had to take extra precautions.

That precaution includes a 14-day quarantine.

"The goal is to make sure they are symptom free. And so far, we have had approximately 1,500 soldiers that have been up there...both National Guard, active and active component,” said Col. David Dean in Fort Hood’s The Great Big Podcast.

Dean also described the temporary lifestyle change for soldiers during the quarantine.

"There are in hardstand billets, air-conditioning. They have several tents, free WIFI, they have a gym that's accessible to them, they have access to a track, laundry so they can do that type of stuff,” he said. “AFES has set up a mini mart. They can buy the Powerade, Monster drinks they all like, chips and so forth. Also, if they want to order something online through AFES, it can be delivered to their area."

As far as living spaces, bunk beds and board games fill the room to stay busy.

The goal of bringing some sense of normalcy.

"They have clear areas they need to stay in and they're monitored twice a day,” Dean said.

For those soldiers who have come back from overseas and quarantined on post, Fort Hood says while some may have shown symptoms, no soldiers tested positive for COVID-19.

"We have been very fortunate where we have had no positive cases."