McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on standby for quarantine duty in coronavirus outbreak

David Madden
February 07, 2020 - 1:23 pm

WRIGHTSTOWN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The Pentagon has added a South Jersey military installation to the list of sites where people who may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus may be quarantined.

The Defense Department has given a heads-up to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Wrightstown, Burlington County, that it could serve as a holding location for as many as 20 people for as long as two weeks. A spokesman at the base says no one is being sent there at this point and the Department of Health and Human Services, which would make the decision, has not even inspected the building where patients might be housed.

The Doughboy Inn on base is ready in case that changes. Base personnel will not be exposed to any people quarantined, and those people would be confined to the building. 

A press release from the base suggests any action would be a "preventative measure." Newark Liberty International Airport is one of 11 locations across America where travelers from China, the source of the outbreak, are being examined for symptoms of the virus.