Travis Air Force Base selected to house overseas travelers evacuated due to coronavirus

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. (KTXL) — Travis Air Force Base officials announced Saturday afternoon that their base was hand-selected by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to be one of four military installations that will house people being evacuated from overseas due to the spread of the coronavirus.

According to a statement released on Facebook, the base will help the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by providing facilities capable of housing at least 250 people in individual rooms through Feb. 29, 2020.

Officials said base personnel will not be in direct contact with evacuees and evacuees will be quarantined within their assigned housing.

Below is the full statement released on Facebook at 12:09 p.m.

At the direction of the Secretary of Defense, Travis Air Force Base is one of four bases that has been hand-selected to assist the Department of Health and Human Services for housing individuals traveling overseas due to the novel coronavirus. HHS officials requested DOD installations to provide several facilities capable of housing at least 250 people in individual rooms through Feb. 29, 2020.

At this time, Travis Air Force Base will only provide housing support, while HHS will be responsible for all care, transportation, and security of the evacuees. Travis Airmen and personnel will not be directly in contact with the evacuees and evacuees will not have access to any base location other than their assigned housing.

Our Travis leadership’s primary responsibility is the safety of our force, our families and our base communities. This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to provide information to our Team Travis family and community as it’s available.

According to a statement released on Twitter at 11:49 a.m. by Jonathan Rath Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, the other three Department of Defense installations are Lackland Air Force Base in Texas; The 168th Regiment, Regional Training Institute in Fort Carson, CO; and the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, CA.

This story is developing. Check back with FOX40 for updates.

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