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Six USFK-affiliated Individuals Confirmed with COVID-19

PA-001-21 | Sept. 24, 2021

Six USFK-affiliated individuals tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between Sept. 8 and 23.

 

Two service members arrived at Osan Air Base on U.S. government chartered flights from the United States on Sept. 8 and 23, one service member arrived at Chinhae on a U.S. naval ship on Sept. 19, and two service members and one DoD contractor arrived on international commercial flights at Incheon International Airport on Sept. 13 and 20.

 

Five individuals tested positive on their first mandatory COVID-19 test prior to entering quarantine, and one individual tested positive on a subsequent test during quarantine. All individuals have since been transferred to an isolation facility designated for confirmed COVID-19 cases at United States Army Garrison – Humphreys.

 

Thorough cleaning of all transportation assets and quarantine rooms has been completed.

 

USFK health professionals determined contact tracing was limited due to the service members, all other passengers and crewmembers on the commercial and military flights being tested upon arrival and immediately quarantined with minimal interaction outside of USFK installations.

 

As a testament to USFK's aggressive preventative control measures to stop the virus' spread, all USFK-affiliated individuals arriving in South Korea from overseas will be tested for COVID-19, quarantined for 14 days, and must pass a subsequent and exit test with negative results prior to being released from quarantine. If an individual tests positive on any test during quarantine, they will immediately enter isolation.

 

USFK remains at a high level of readiness with more than 80% of its affiliated community vaccinated, and less than 1% of its active duty service members currently confirmed positive with COVID-19.

 

USFK continues to maintain a robust combined defense posture to protect the Republic of Korea against any threat or adversary while maintaining prudent preventive measures to protect the force.

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