Dozens of lodges on Navy bases worldwide are ready to be used as isolation or quarantine sites for those affected by the coronavirus, according to Navy Exchange Service Command. CHRISTIAN LOPEZ/STARS AND STRIPES
Dozens of lodges on Navy bases worldwide are ready to be used as isolation or quarantine sites for those affected by the coronavirus, according to Navy Exchange Service Command. CHRISTIAN LOPEZ/STARS AND STRIPES

Navy Exchange says lodges can be used to quarantine those infected with coronavirus

by Seth Robson and Christian Lopez
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy Exchange has declared war on the coronavirus, procuring tens of thousands of masks and containers of hand sanitizer and preparing on-base hotels to host those who may be infected, according to a Friday statement by Navy Exchange Service Command.

“The Navy Lodge Program is prepared for any of its 39 facilities worldwide to be used as an official isolation or quarantine site,” Naval Exchange Service Command CEO Robert Bianchi said in the statement.

The exchange set up a crisis team March 2 to deal with issues caused by the virus.

“Navy Lodge Regional Directors developed a list of precautions and reminders displayed at all locations,” he said. “All Navy Lodges are fully stocked with the necessary cleaning supplies and staff have received additional training on the sanitization of common surfaces and types of chemicals to use.”

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