The family member of a U.S. soldier in South Korea has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the U.S. military command in the country said Monday.
The patient is the first U.S. forces-related individual to have tested positive for the virus. The risk level for the military community has been raised to high “as a prudent measure to protect the force,” the command, known as U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), said in a statement.
The new case involves a 61-year-old woman who had been living in Daegu, the city of 2.5 million where health officials say more than half of South Korea’s 833 cases have been traced. The country’s semiofficial Yonhap News Agency reported that the patient was a U.S. citizen.
The USFK has yet to report any coronavirus infection in its service members, and it is working with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if any others have been exposed.
The Daegu Garrison hosts more than 9,000 U.S. soldiers, including family members and other personnel, according to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.
Col. Michael Tremblay, garrison commander of the U.S. Army’s Camp Humphreys 55 miles south of Seoul, told the newspaper Monday that a number of service members and dependents have been tested but that all of the tests were negative.
Source: Washington Post