Osan Air Base issues alert after confirmed coronavirus case reported at lounge

Tech. Sgt. Jessica Smith of the 51st Communications Squadron wears a valved face mask at Osan Air Base, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.


By MATTHEW KEELER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 7, 2020

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OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Military officials issued an alert to service members and residents Wednesday evening after an individual who tested positive for the coronavirus was confirmed to have visited establishments on Osan Air Base.

In a message sent out via Facebook and the installation’s official website, officials said anyone who had visited the Osan Black Cat Lounge between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Monday should self-quarantine immediately and contact their chain of command.

Previous locations identified as potential hot spots for infection on Osan, south of Seoul, have been cleared by public health officials.

As of Monday, 201 individuals affiliated with U.S. Forces Korea had tested positive for the respiratory infection. It is unknown at this time whether this incident involves another affiliated member.

South Korea had continued to hold steady for the past week, reporting about 65 cases each day. However, the number spiked into triple digits Wednesday amid concern that cases might rise following a major Korean holiday last week.

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