Ft. Riley COVID-19 case
Although a Ft. Riley soldier recently tested positive for COVID-19, one official says the virus is currently not an issue for the army base.
Perry Wiggins, the Executive Director of the Governor’s Military Council, says the soldier did not contract the virus while at Ft. Riley.
Whatever may happen, Wiggins says the base must remain prepared to fulfill its mission.
Changes at Ft. Riley
Along with much of Kansas, Ft. Riley has implemented changes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Wiggins says some of the changes will affect who is able to get on base.
He says some of the changes will also affect travel for those already on base.
Those who live in Ft. Riley are allowed to go on and off base, but are being asked to limit themselves to essential travel.
For more information on Ft. Riley’s COVID-19 response, visit home.army.mil.
National military response
On a more national level, the military is making moves to help with COVID-19 response efforts.
Wiggins says a number of National Guard members and medical professionals are involved in the efforts.
Wiggins also says their has been a positive response to a request for former military personnel to volunteer in the fight against COVID-19.
The military so far has set up field hospitals in multiple states hit relatively hard by the virus, including Washington and New York.