US service member tests positive for coronavirus in South Korea in first for military

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Soldiers throughout the 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division watch Gladys Knight sing the National Anthem during the first-ever Super Bowl live-shot from South Korea, Feb. 4, 2019 at Freeman Hall

Soldiers throughout the 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division watch Gladys Knight sing the National Anthem during the first-ever Super Bowl live-shot from South Korea, Feb. 4, 2019 at Freeman Hall

A U.S. service member in South Korea has tested positive for COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus, in a first for the U.S. military.

  • According to a U.S. Forces Korea press release on Tuesday night, a 23-year-old male soldier stationed at Camp Carroll is under self-quarantine at his off-base residence.
  • The soldier visited Camp Walker on Feb. 24 and Camp Carroll from Feb. 21-25, per the release. 
  • Health professionals "are actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether any others may have been exposed," according to the release.
  • U.S. Forces Korea previously announced a two-week self-quarantine on Feb. 2 for any and all service members who visited China between Jan. 19 and Feb. 2. 

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