Two U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) dependents stationed in Daegu have tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), making this the fifth and sixth USFK-related personnel who have been confirmed with the virus.
The fifth patient, a dependent of a USFK active duty service member, had been in self-quarantine since Feb. 26, and had not been in contact with any other USFK affiliated person since going into quarantine.
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and USFK health professionals determined contact tracing was not necessary due to the patient’s quarantine measures and lack of interaction with others. The patient is currently in isolation under direct medical care and supervision from US military medical providers.
The sixth patient, a dependent of a DoD civilian employee, has been in self-quarantine since Feb. 28, and other than her spouse, she has not been in contact with any other USFK or USFK affiliated personnel since going into quarantine; as a precautionary measure, her spouse will now be under self-quarantine at their residence.
KCDC and USFK health professionals are actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether anyone else may have been exposed. KCDC has directed her to stay at home for isolation.
“USFK remains at risk level “high” peninsula-wide and is implementing all appropriate control measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as a prudent measure to protect the force”, said a USFK statement.