Seven more service members have tested positive for COVID-19, raising to 15 the total number of military personnel at Andersen Air Force Base that have confirmed cases of the disease.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s Press Secretary, Krystal Paco-San Agustin, confirms that they are all members of the same military unit.
However, she said she does not know the name of the unit, or the function of the unit, or whether they are all airmen or members of another branch of the military.
Paco-San Agustin said that Guam Public Health is working with Andersen Air Force Base and they are conducting contact tracing. “I can’t speak to more than that at this point,” she said.
Unit members lodged at Reef Hotel after arriving May 25
An AAFB release on Wednesday of this week said the unit was deployed to Andersen on May 25th.
But it wasn’t until 18 days later, on June 11, that one member of the unit began to show symptoms of COVID-19. That person was tested at Naval Hospital and found to be positive, stated the release.
Others were subsequently tested as well and 7 members of the unit had tested positive.
Andersen officials later revised that to 8 members of the unit.
Now, an additional 7 unit members have tested positive, raising the total to 15.
It’s not clear yet whether there are more than 15 members of this unit, nor is it clear whether all of them have been tested and what the results for all of them may be.
In its Wednesday news release, Andersen public affairs said “upon arrival, members of the deployed unit were lodged at Guam Reef Hotel in Tumon and received medical checks.” (See the AAFB release in FULL below).
Following the positive case findings, the release said that unit members vacated the Reef and were brought back to Andersen AFB where they were placed in isolation.
Andersen officials have not yet responded to a request for comment on the additional positive cases of COVID-19.
READ the release from Andersen AFB in FULL below:
Deployed service members test positive for COVID-19
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – Seven service members that deployed to Andersen AFB on May 25, were confirmed positive with COVID-19. Upon arrival, members of the deployed unit were lodged at Guam Reef Hotel in Tumon and received medical checks.
All service members assigned to the unit were rapidly placed in isolation and have since been relocated to Andersen AFB where they are under medical observation in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols.
On June 11, a service member began to show symptoms of COVID-19 and was immediately tested by U.S. Naval Hospital Guam staff, which later produced a positive result on June 12. Six additional service members that had close contact with the first individual have also been confirmed positive.
“Andersen AFB is continually monitoring the situation and working closely with Joint Region Marianas and the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services to coordinate prevention and response efforts,” said Brig. Gen. Gentry Boswell, 36th Wing commander. “Team Andersen remains committed to the health of our service members, their families, and the local community.”
36 Wing Public Affairs
Andersen AFB, Guam