Two USFK service members test positive after arriving in S. Korea from US

Two U.S. service members heading to their next duty station in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, according to U.S. Forces Korea.

One of the service members arrived in South Korea on May 27 and entered quarantine at Camp Humphreys after initially testing negative for COVID-19. But after taking a second test to leave quarantine, the service member tested positive for the virus and was subsequently transferred to Humphreys isolation barracks for positive COVID-19 cases, USFK said in a news release.

The other service member was immediately taken to quarantine after he arrived at Camp Humphreys on June 8, and then tested positive for COVID-19 on June 10. He also remains at Camp Humphreys’ isolation barracks.

Both arrived in South Korea on U.S. government-chartered flights, and all persons on the flights were immediately tested and quarantined thereafter.

So far, only five active-duty USFK service members have tested positive for COVID-19.

“As a testament to USFK’s aggressive preventative control measures to stop the virus’ spread, any USFK-affiliated individual arriving in South Korea from overseas will be tested for COVID-19 and then quarantined for 14 days,” USFK said in a statement. “Medical personnel will administer another test prior to being released from isolation.”

Soldiers stationed on U.S. Army Garrison Casey conduct pre-screening processes on individuals awaiting entry to the base, USAG-Casey, Dongducheon, Republic of Korea, Feb. 26, 2020. (Sgt. Amber I. Smith/Army)

The very first U.S. service member to test positive for COVID-19 was a USFK soldier. After testing positive in February, USFK announced in April that the 23-year-old soldier stationed at Camp Carroll was virus-free following 49 days in isolation.

There have been approximately 2 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., and more than 100,00 deaths due to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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