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NEWS: 7 deployed service members test positive for COVID-19

Technicians with the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron are shown at Andersen Air Force Base in this Feb. 12, 2020 file photo from AAFB's site. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amir R. Young)

The following is a news release from 36 Wing Public Affairs, Anderson Air Force Base, Guam:

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – Seven service members that deployed to Andersen AFB on May 25, were confirmed positive with COVID-19. Upon arrival, members of the deployed unit were lodged at Guam Reef Hotel in Tumon and received medical checks.

All service members assigned to the unit were rapidly placed in isolation and have since been relocated to Andersen AFB where they are under medical observation in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols.

On June 11, a service member began to show symptoms of COVID-19 and was immediately tested by U.S. Naval Hospital Guam staff, which later produced a positive result on June 12. Six additional service members that had close contact with the first individual have also been confirmed positive.

“Andersen AFB is continually monitoring the situation and working closely with Joint Region Marianas and the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services to coordinate prevention and response efforts,” said Brig. Gen. Gentry Boswell, 36th Wing commander. “Team Andersen remains committed to the health of our service members, their families, and the local community.”

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