Positive coronavirus test confirmed at Shaw Air Force Base, officials say

By NOAH FEIT | The State | Published: March 24, 2020

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(Tribune News Service) — The first confirmed case of coronavirus at Shaw Air Force Base was reported Monday night.

The spouse of an airman at the Sumter base tested positive for COVID-19, Air Force officials said in a statement.

The couple is now quarantined at their off-base home, according to the statement.

The airman is a member of the 20th Fighter Wing, and public health officials are notifying anyone who might have had contact with the couple, it said in the statement.

The airman was tested for COVID-19 Monday and will not return to duty until being cleared, officials said.

“Team Shaw works closely with state, regional, and local health officials to detect and respond to the coronavirus concern,” it said in the release.

The Air Force said any of its members at Shaw who have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath should call the 20th Medical Group (803-895-2273) or TRICARE Nurse Advice (800-874-2273)

“We know this virus is unforgiving and silently spreads in our community,” said Col. Derek O’Malley, the commanding officer at the base. “I promise you we are going to tell you everything we know.”

Prior to the announcement from Shaw, the U.S. Army confirmed two positive cases of the coronavirus at Fort Jackson in Columbia.

A soldier in training and an officer attending a course at Fort Jackson tested positive and are in isolation, Army officials said in a news release.

They are receiving medical care and will not return to duty until they are cleared, according to the release.

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