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US Central Command sailor tests positive for coronavirus

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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 21, 2020

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A U.S. sailor assigned to U.S. Central Command has tested positive for the coronavirus, CENTCOM said Saturday. 

The sailor, who recently returned from a trip overseas, is being treated at his home in Tampa, Fla., CENTCOM said in a statement. 

The service member returned to the U.S. last Sunday and immediately entered “precautionary quarantine” at home. He started developing symptoms Wednesday and called MacDill Air Force Base’s health clinic, officials said. 

The medical staff met him outside the clinic and tested him for the virus. The results came back positive Friday. 

“The Sailor will receive all appropriate medical care and treatment,” Capt. Bill Urban, CENTCOM spokesman, wrote in the release.

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