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Service member tests positive for coronavirus after arriving on Guam via Patriot Express

Airmen move baggage onto a conveyor belt ahead of a Patriot Express flight at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, March 7, 2020.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 11, 2020

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A U.S. service member who arrived Saturday at Andersen Air Force Base via a government-contracted flight is infected with the coronavirus, according to a statement from the Guam governor’s office.

Neither the service member nor the service branch involved was identified; the person was tested days before leaving Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Wash., and displayed no symptoms, according to the statement.

“Officials at Andersen AFB were notified of the positive test result while the flight was en route to Guam,” the statement said.

After arriving at Andersen, the service member was isolated and all other military and civilian passengers aboard the flight were quarantined in Defense Department facilities, according to the statement.

Guam government and Defense Department rules call for the passengers to be quarantined a minimum 14 days.

“Military public health investigators are currently conducting contact tracing to determine where this member may have contracted the virus,” the statement said.

As of Saturday, Guam had recorded 312 confirmed coronavirus cases, with five deaths, according to the Guam governor’s office. So far, 202 have been released from isolation, and 105 cases are still active.

Of those cases, 266 are classified as civilians and 46 are military service members, according to the statement.

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