The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services are the federal government agencies leading the response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus public health emergency. Joint Base San Antonio, per Department of Defense guidance, is providing housing support to repatriated personnel.

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The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness, first detected in Wuhan, China. Because of the virus’ capacity to spread globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The next day, the Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under statutory authority of the Secretary of HHS, has issued 14-day, federal quarantine orders to all United States citizens who recently repatriated to the U.S. Although HHS and the CDC are the federal government leads for the response to the virus, the Department of Defense was requested to provide housing support for the evacuees during their 14-day quarantine period. Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland was one of the military installations chosen to provide these facilities.

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