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

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.

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

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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Haley Britzky

Haley Britzkyis the Army reporter for Task & Purpose, covering the daily happenings in the Army and how they impact soldiers and their families, as well as broader national security issues. Originally from Texas, Haley previously worked at Axios before joining Task & Purpose in January 2019. Contact the author here.

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