US Soldier in Korea Has Active Duty Military’s First Case of Coronavirus

A U.S. soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea has tested positive for Coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19, officials with U.S. Forces Korea announced Tuesday night. It’s the first confirmed case of the disease in a U.S. service member.

According to an announcement, the patient is a 23-year-old male who is staying at his off-base home in a state of self-quarantine. The soldier’s rank, unit and military occupational specialty were not released.

“[The soldier] visited Camp Walker on 24 Feb. and Camp Carroll 21-25 Feb. [Korea Center for Disease Control] and USFK health professionals are actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether any others may have been exposed,” officials said.

“All appropriate” measures are being taken to stop the virus from spreading, and U.S. Forces Korea remains at high-risk level protocols across the Korean peninsula, according to the announcement. They included an exhortation to all troops to practice strict hygiene with proper hand-washing, avoidance of hand-to-hand contact and minimization of large gatherings.

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Author: Dian Welle