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NEWS | Aug. 9, 2020

USFK Lowers Health Protection Condition Peninsula-Wide

Based upon the continued low numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases within South Korea, and in particular the greater Seoul metropolitan area, USFK has adjusted its current health protection condition to “Bravo” peninsula-wide effective Monday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m.


While USFK is adjusting its health protection condition peninsula-wide, it is not lowering its guard. Due to continued associated risk, all bars, clubs and establishments that restrict entrance to adults only remain off limits pen-wide to all USFK-affiliated personnel until further notice.


“It’s truly remarkable to see the combined hard work and diligence of the ROK government, KCDC, USFK, and local communities working together to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Gen. Robert B. “Abe” Abrams, United States Forces Korea Commander. “We must keep in mind the risk of COVID-19 still exists, and USFK must remain good ambassadors by being respectful and wearing a mask when out in the local community. Everyone has a vital role in preventing the spread of the virus.”


The USFK community must remain disciplined, vigilant and adhere to the core health protection tenets that have enabled it to achieve its current level of success.


As USFK continues to monitor and assess the conditions within the peninsula, it will immediately snap back to a heightened HPCON posture without hesitation if a resurgence of the threat appears within our formations, installations or communities.


“USFK's #1 priority remains the protection of the force,” said Abrams. “We must balance the overall health, safety and protection of the force with mission accomplishment.”


USFK remains at a high level of readiness, and continues to maintain a robust combined defense posture to protect the Republic of Korea against any threat or adversary while implementing and maintaining prudent preventive control measures to protect the force.


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