Spouse of soldier assigned to Fort Eustis dies from coronavirus complications

By JESSICA NOLTE | The Daily Press | Published: March 26, 2020

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Tribune News Service) — The spouse of a soldier stationed at Fort Eustis died of complications related to the coronavirus, Joint Base Langley-Eustis Commander Colonel Clint Ross said Thursday in a Facebook post.

The individual, who Ross said he would not identify out of respect for the family, was hospitalized in Newport News.

The soldier also tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation receiving medical care, Ross said.

“Our hearts are heavy, I extend my deepest condolences to the friends and family of our lost teammate. My thoughts also remain with those who continue to fight this invisible enemy. I ask you to support each other during this difficult time, while we continue to work together to mitigate the impacts across the installation,” Ross said.

He urged the people to take the threat of the virus seriously, adding, “Your health and safety are my highest priority.”

The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Facebook page responded to several comments from people concerned about the soldiers who were still reporting for duty. It said that it had to maintain a “mission ready force” and that Team Trace had notified people who had close contact with those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

“We still have an inherent responsibility to our service members, their families and our nation to continue to provide organize, trained and equip combat-ready air, space and cyber intelligence forces for worldwide employment,” the base said. “Because of this responsibility, the bases will remain open as a sign of our strength to those who might use this opportunity to challenge America and the freedoms we enjoy.”

People on the base who believe they may have been exposed or may be experiencing symptoms are asked to call the base’s COVID-19 phone line at 757-764-0018.

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