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Two USFK-related Americans test positive for new coronavirus

Defense 14:43 August 27, 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 27 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. service member and a civilian contractor of the U.S. defense department tested positive for the new coronavirus upon arrival in South Korea this week, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

The USFK service member arrived at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, some 70 kilometers south of Seoul, on a U.S. government chartered flight from the United States on Sunday, and the contractor arrived at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on a commercial flight from the U.S. on Aug. 24, according to the U.S. military.

Both tested positive on their first mandatory COVID-19 test prior to entering quarantine and have since been transferred to an isolation facility designated for confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pyeongtaek, it added.

All USFK-affiliated individuals arriving in South Korea are required to undergo a virus test and are quarantined for 14 days. Medical personnel administer a second test prior to their release.

"A thorough cleaning of all transportation assets and quarantine rooms has been completed," USFK said in a statement. "None of the new arrivals have interacted with anyone residing within USFK installations or the local community."

The latest cases brought the total number of USFK-related infections to 168. Of them, 144 individuals were confirmed upon their arrivals here.

USFK said it has not had an internal positive case since mid-April.

A U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) member explains anti-coronavirus guidelines to a driver in front of Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, on April 5, 2020, in this photo provided by USFK. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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