American soldier tests positive for coronavirus in South Korea

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A 23-year-old male soldier stationed in South Korea is the first member of the U.S. military to test positive for coronavirus.

United States Forces Korea announced Tuesday that a soldier stationed at Camp Carroll tested positive for COVID-19. 

The soldier is in self-quarantine at his off-base home. He visited Camp Walker on Monday and Camp Carroll Feb. 21-25. 

Health officials are "actively conducting contact tracing to determine whether any others may have been exposed" to the virus, according to a news release from USFK. 

USFK officials said they are "implementing all appropriate control measures" to help prevent the spread of the disease, but the risk level remains "high" for USFK peninsula-wide "as a prudent measure to protect the force," according to the release.

"USFK encourages all personnel to continue to practice strict proper hygiene procedures as the best ways to prevent the spread of viruses ... wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, do not touch your face or eyes with unclean hands, avoid handshaking and unnecessary contact with others, non-mission essential large gatherings, clean all common-use areas and items, use caution when traveling off-installation, and most importantly if feeling sick or ill, avoid going to work or school and seek medical treatment for proper diagnosis."

A widowed dependent also was reported to be infected earlier this week. 

A military dependent in South Korea has been diagnosed with coronavirus

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