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The Yume Child Development Center serves children and parents at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo.

The Yume Child Development Center serves children and parents at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)

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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A child development center worker at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the 374th Airlift Wing.

Yokota’s Yume Child Development Center has been closed since officials revealed last week that the staff member would be screened for the virus.

“The CDC worker was cleared for not having COVID-19,” officials said Tuesday on Yokota’s official Facebook page. “We appreciate your patience as we work through this process to maintain the highest level of safety and care for our base.”

The base announced Friday that the child care facility, which had been slated to reopen after being cleaned and sanitized, would remain closed “until further notice” and that a reopening date was “actively being determined.”

Officials also said at the time that “School Age Care” would close to align with the schedule of Defense Department schools in Japan, which will be shuttered through April 13 because of the virus.

A child and a staff member at a child development center at Yokosuka Naval Base also tested negative for coronavirus last week.

Yokosuka’s main child care center was cleared late Thursday to readmit children again Friday, Navy officials said last week. A second child development center at Ikego Housing Area was unaffected by the temporary shutdown.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.
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