Army recruits will be screened for coronavirus; VA offers few details on its preparations

Dr. Teresa Boyd, the VA's assistant deputy undersecretary for health and clinical operations, testifies before the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Boyd said she recommended basic sanitary care to veterans concerned that they are infected with the coronavirus. CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES
Dr. Teresa Boyd, the VA's assistant deputy undersecretary for health and clinical operations, testifies before the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Health during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Boyd said she recommended basic sanitary care to veterans concerned that they are infected with the coronavirus. CARLOS BONGIOANNI/STARS AND STRIPES

Army recruits will be screened for coronavirus; VA offers few details on its preparations

by Steve Beynon
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — All Army recruits entering basic training will be screened for coronavirus, a precaution to curtail the spread of the illness, service officials announced Tuesday.

“This additional screening assesses a trainee’s exposure to infected persons, international travel and a medical screening for [coronavirus] like symptoms,” said Leslie Ann Sully, a spokeswoman for Fort Jackson, S.C., where half the Army's recruits go through basic training. “Units are conducting preparations in the event a soldier, family member or civilian employee is diagnosed with [coronavirus].”

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has topped 100 in more than a dozen states, with nine deaths as a result of the fast-spreading illness.

Starting Tuesday, new Army recruits will be questioned on whether they have visited an area where there are documented coronavirus cases or come into contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the illness, according to Sully. It was unclear Tuesday whether other military branches will do the same.

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