A military dependent in South Korea has been diagnosed with coronavirus

Elizabeth Howe
February 24, 2020 - 10:23 am
Concern in South Korea

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A military dependent in South Korea has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or coronavirus. In response, United States Forces Korea raised its risk level to "high" as a "prudent measure to protect the force."

USFK is aware that the individual, a 61-year-old female, visited the Post Exchange on Camp Walker in Daegu, South Korea on Feb. 12 and 15 — they are working to conduct "contact tracing" to determine if any others may have been exposed. More than 600 individuals in South Korea have been diagnosed with the disease, mostly within the last few days. The Department of Defense Education Activity has closed DoDEA schools in South Korea.  

So far, no active duty personnel have been diagnosed with the disease, but it continues to spread.

On Sunday, Italy announced 132 confirmed cases and two deaths. Aviano Air Base has announced a Town Hall for Monday evening so base leadership and representatives from the 31st Medical Group can answer questions about coronavirus for military personnel stationed on the installation in Italy. The Iranian health ministry confirmed 43 diagnosed cases with 8 deaths — the highest death toll outside of China. 

At the disease's epicenter, 2,442 have died from COVID-19. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.