25th ID soldier is first service member in Hawaii to test positive for coronavirus

A CDC laboratory test kit for infection with coronavirus.


By WYATT OLSON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 22, 2020

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — A 25th Infantry Division soldier stationed at Schofield Barracks tested positive for coronavirus, making him the first U.S. service member to test positive in Hawaii, the Army said in a statement Saturday.

The soldier, who was not identified, is in isolation at his off-base residence, the statement said.

He traveled to Las Vegas on March 13 and returned to Oahu two days later.

The soldier was then placed into command-directed restriction of movement at his off-base residence and became symptomatic on Wednesday night, the Army said.

The soldier was tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on Thursday and deemed positive the next day.

Tripler Army Medical Center health professionals are actively conducting contact tracing, the Army said.

Meanwhile, a second civilian worker at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu tested positive for the virus Friday, the Army said. Both employees had visited New York prior to returning to Oahu.

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