The following information below pertains to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and the Navy's response:
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV):
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and continues to expand. As news spread, military health officials say that an informed, common sense approach minimizes the chances of getting sick. Anyone contracting a respiratory illness shouldn’t assume novel coronavirus; it is far more likely to be a more common illness. In fact, influenza is far more commonplace. However, patients who traveled to China in the past 14 days with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, should seek medical care right away. Because novel coronavirus is new, there is as yet no immunization nor specific treatment. Care providers are instead treating the symptoms – acetaminophen to reduce fever, lozenges and other treatments to soothe sore throats, and, for severe cases, ventilators to help patients breathe.
For a statement from Capt. Ray Leung, CO, Naval Station Great Lakes to service members, civilians and families of Naval Station Great Lakes, Feb. 7, 2020, click here.
For the DOD Statement on Additional Request From DHHS, Feb. 6, 2020, click here.
NOTICE: Operating drones in and around Naval Station Great Lakes is strictly prohibited at all times. Any person(s) found in violation will be subject to arrest.
About Naval Station Great Lakes:
Opened in 1911, Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) is the Navy’s largest training installation and the home of the Navy’s only Boot Camp. Located on over 1600 acres overlooking Lake Michigan, the installation includes 1,153 buildings with 39 on the National Register of Historic Places. NSGL supports over 50 tenant commands and elements as well as over 20,000 Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, and DoD civilians who live and work on the installation. NSGL operations, along with area military retirees and educational aid payments, increased Illinois' gross domestic product by $4.6 billion. Naval Station Great Lakes’ mission is to enable and sustain Fleet, Family and Fighter by providing superior, integrated Base Operating Support for all tenant commands and elements on the installation. Naval Station Great Lakes hosts ship reunions as well as tours for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Navy Junior ROTC, and Sea Cadets. Since 2016, more than 400 Sailors from across NSGL have contributed over 15,500 hours at 300 events in local schools and have participated in a Partnership in Education program directly supporting North Chicago schools.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Pres Conference Video: click here
On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Secretary Alex Azar hosted a press conference alongside CDC Director Robert Redfield, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease NCIRD Director Nancy Messonnier, and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci to provide further details on the Department’s coordinated public health response to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Rear Adm. Bruce L. Gillingham, Navy Surgeon General, Navy Surgeon General Video: click here
While the CDC considers the Novel Coronavirus a serious situation and is taking preparedness measures, the immediate risk in the U.S. is considered LOW, based on information the CDC has available. Everyone should always take simple daily precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.
For general questions about health concerns, contact the CDC at (800) CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
For media queries, contact (719) 556-6101.
For questions about Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL), call the NSGL Public Affairs Office at (847) 688-2430 x 359 or Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs at (757) 322-2853.