SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Joint Base San Antonio is planning town halls this week addressing concerns about the housing of Americans leaving China amid the coronavirus outbreak. JBSA-Lackland is one of four military installations selected to house citizens who are subject to federal quarantine.
JBSA says Lackland will provide temporary housing support to the Department of Health and Human Services for the passengers during their quarantine period. The incoming passengers will be housed at both the Gateway Inn and the Gateway Villa and will not have access to any other installation locations.
“We’ve contacted guests currently in lodging at Gateway Inn and Gateway Villa and are assisting them with getting alternate accommodations. JBSA Leadership assures unit members, families, trainees and visitors to JBSA facilities that they are safe and everyone’s well-being is our first priority,” read a statement from Joint Base San Antonio.
Officials say HHS will be responsible for all care, transportation and security of the passengers. They’ll be closely monitored and will not have any contact with the JBSA population.
In addition, the 37th Training Wing will continue to receive the arrival of new trainees and BMT graduation events will continue as usual.
“JBSA Leadership assures unit members, families, trainees and visitors to JBSA facilities that they are safe and everyone’s well-being is our first priority,” officials said.
More information on the upcoming town halls is expected in the next few days.