A U.S. soldier at Camp Carroll in South Korea tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said in a statement.
This marked the first time a U.S. service member has tested positive for the virus.
The patient, a 23-year old male, is currently in self quarantine at his off-base residence. He had visited Camp Walker on Feb. 24 and Camp Carroll Feb. 21-25.
Earlier it was announced that a U.S. military dependent living in Daegu, South Korea has been tested positive for the virus. The patient, a 61-year old female, visited Camp Walker’s Post Exchange on Feb. 12 and 15.
“South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and USFK health professionals are actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether any others may have been exposed. USFK is implementing all appropriate control measures to help control the spread of COVID-19 and remains at risk level “high” for USFK peninsula-wide as a prudent measure to protect the force”, the statement added.
USFK has also released guidelines for its personnel regarding the COVID-19:
USFK encourages all personnel to continue to practice strict proper hygiene procedures as the best ways to prevent the spread of viruses and protect the USFK population: wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, do not touch your face or eyes with unclean hands, avoid handshaking and unnecessary contact with others, non-mission essential large gatherings, clean all common-use areas and items, use caution when traveling off-installation, and most importantly if feeling sick or ill, avoid going to work or school and seek medical treatment for proper diagnosis.