UPDATED: Naval personnel deceased
NAVAL CONSTRUCTION BATTALION CENTER, Gulfport, MISS. – The name of the COVID-19 victim who was announced deceased was Mrs. Carol Jackson, a child-care worker at the Child Development Center at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.
The employee self-identified as a high-risk person and self-isolated away from the workplace 23 March. Unfortunately, it is believed that the employee contracted the illness due to community spread, but not from the workplace.
The employee was afforded administrative leave by her employer due to her self-identifying as a “High Risk” person. Her last work day was 23 MAR 20, due to her status as a “high risk” for COVID-
19. She did not display symptoms until 30 MAR 20 when she went to Forest General Hospital Urgent Care. She was admitted to the ICU and tested for COVID-19. The test results returned a positive
result on 1 APR 20.
“My sincere condolences go out to Mrs. Carol Jackson’s family. Her memory will live on with the children she has influenced within the child and youth program with her kind and caring soul. She dedicated her life (20 years) to caring and teaching others. Her coworkers and other associates continue to feel blessed having known her and worked with such a dedicated and loving person,” said Capt. Bill Whitmire, commanding officer of the Naval Construction Battalion Center.