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15 JBSA personnel test positive for coronavirus

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. | Illustration by Henry Keller
COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. | Illustration by Henry Keller (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIOUpdated Monday at 7 p.m.

Joint Base San Antonio officials have announced two additional personnel have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 15 confirmed cases.

One case involves a U.S. Army reserve soldier who recently returned from U.S. Forces Japan. The other case was discovered in a retiree spouse who tested positive for the virus. The cases are unrelated.

The retiree spouse, who has not yet been identified, died of the virus at a hospice care facility, marking the first fatal case of the virus in Bexar County. Officials said she had a “complex medical history of underlying illness.”

The soldier who traveled to Japan is in isolation and a contact tracing investigation is underway.

Updated Sunday at 5:32 p.m.

Two additional personnel at Joint Base San Antonio have been infected by the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases at JBSA.

A U.S. Army reserve soldier assigned to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, who recently traveled to Florida. The other patient is a retiree, according to a news release from JBSA.

The soldier is in isolation and the retiree is being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center, according to the news release. A contact tracing investigation is underway.

Updated Saturday at 6:11 p.m.

Four additional personnel at Joint Base San Antonio have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on JBSA, military officials said in a news release Saturday.

A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, a U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to JBSA-Randolph returning from overseas travel who immediately self-isolated prior to symptoms, and two retirees have received positive test results confirmed by Brooke Army Medical Center.

These cases are not related to the cruise ship evacuees being quarantined at JBSA-Lackland.

Contact tracing is underway by public health officials, three are in isolation in their homes, and one is currently in isolation at BAMC.

In response to the increased number of positive COVID-19 cases on the installation and cases of community transmission in our local area, the JBSA commander is increasing the Health Protection Condition to Charlie (HPCON C), effective at midnight Saturdy. The intent of this heightened HPCON posture is to maximize public health and safety precautions while ensuring our critical missions continue.

Updated Friday @ 4:24 p.m.:

Three personnel at Joint Base San Antonio have tested positive for COVID-19 test results, bringing the total to seven confirmed cases on JBSA, officials said Friday.

A U.S. Air Force reservist assigned to JBSA-Randolph who recently returned from leave in Seattle and two unrelated dependents have received positive test results confirmed by Brooke Army Medical Center.

These cases are not related to the cruise ship evacuees being quarantined at JBSA-Lackland.

Contact tracing is underway by public health officials.

Previously:

Three personnel at Joint Base San Antonio have received positive COVID-19 test results, officials said Thursday. These cases are not related to the cruise ship evacuees being quarantined at JBSA-Lackland.

A U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence civilian employee who recently returned from leave in Colorado, a retiree who recently returned from travel to Louisiana, and a dependent of a service member who recently returned from travel to Florida have tested positive at Brooke Army Medical Center, JBSA officials said in a news release.

Contact tracing is underway by public health officials, and all three people are in isolation at their homes.

There are four confirmed cases of COVID-19 on JBSA, and military leadership is continually monitoring the situation and working closely with the San Antonio Metro Health Department to coordinate prevention and response efforts in the local area.

JBSA is providing installation personnel and their families with up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent potential spread of the virus, as well as any impact to local activities.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.

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