A Joint Base Lewis-McChord service member and their spouse tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend into early this week, the military base announced through its Facebook account.
“The spouse of a JBLM service member, who resides off-base and has not recently visited JBLM, tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. The service member is also being tested,” JBLM wrote in a post on Sunday, March 8.
On Monday, JBLM confirmed that the service member had also tested positive for COVID-19.
Both individuals are reportedly being quarantined in their home off base. No children are involved.
Twelve individuals with whom the couple came into contact with were identified by JBLM leadership and subsequently asked to self-quarantine according to CDC guidance, the military base states.
“Their condition is currently being monitored by medical personnel and the chain of command,” a Monday Facebook post read.
JBLM said it would not answer questions at this time related to the service member and their spouse’s identity, unit and location of residency. The military base says it plans on working with federal, state and county health departments.
“JBLM leadership are actively reviewing any/all individuals that the spouse and service member interacted with to ensure that all of these individuals are notified and checked for symptoms of the virus.”
The spouse of the service member has reportedly not visited JBLM in several months.
As of Tuesday, March 10, there have been seven confirmed cases of the new novel coronavirus in Pierce County, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department stated as of Sunday.
There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thurston County as of Tuesday, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services’s website states.
Visit www.yelmonline.com for further updates on this and other local COVID-19 cases.