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Multiple USFK Individuals Recovered from COVID-19

PA-001-20 | April 30, 2020


Since March 15, including USFK’s first confirmed case and its first active duty service member, 17 USFK-related civilians, contractors and dependents have been declared COVID-19 virus-free.


All recovered individuals were cleared from isolation after meeting the following four conditions: remain asymptomatic for at least seven days, remain free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, successfully pass two consecutive COVID-19 tests with negative results at least 24 hours apart, and be cleared by a medical provider.


USFK medical professionals have implemented a proven treatment plan for those in isolation to aid in recuperation: rest, remain hydrated, eat healthy and nutritious meals, and exercise.


USFK has kept its number of confirmed cases low - less than a 1% infection rate among its 58,000 strong USFK-related population - due to its aggressive preventive control measures, testing asymptomatic individuals before releasing them from quarantine, directing individuals to go home if feeling sick and seek medical care, encouraging rigorous hand hygiene, maximizing social distancing and use of masks when social distancing cannot be achieved, detailed contact tracing, and thorough cleaning and disinfection of known on-post facilities and areas visited by those confirmed with COVID-19.


The above policies and practices stand as a testament to USFK’s aggressive approach to stop the virus' spread as USFK maintains its “Fight Tonight” readiness posture.


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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