NAS Meridian civilian tests positive for COVID-19


MERIDIAN, Miss. (WJTV) – A civilian employee at Naval Air Station Meridian’s Navy Exchange (NEX) retail store tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The employee is undergoing treatment in a local hospital.

No COVID-19 testing is currently being conducted onboard NAS Meridian.

“The safety and well-being of our military members, civilian employees,
contractors, family members, and retirees remains our top priority,” said
Capt. Brian Horstman, commanding officer of NAS Meridian. “NAS Meridian will
continue to provide military services to our tenant commands who are
providing training to those who are needed for Fleet operations, while
adhering to the CDC and Department of Defense guidelines for stopping the
spread of COVID-19.”

The employee had minimal contact with others, but for precautions, the NEX
main store and NEX Mini-Mart are closed for a deep cleaning procedure and
store employees have been sent home. The store is expected to reopen soon.

In consultation with the State of Mississippi Public Health and Navy public
health officials it was deemed that a quarantine for additional personnel
was not needed due to the lack of exposure to other NEX employees/associates
or patrons.

Contact tracing performed by public health officials is also underway. 
The Navy is working closely with interagency partners to ensure we do
everything possible to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on our force and

NAS Meridian

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