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The Department of Defense recently published guidance regarding how COVID-19 positive cases in the U.S. military will be publicly reported.
In order to maintain operational security, only the Office of the Secretary of Defense or Headquarters Marine Corps will release aggregate numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Those numbers will be consolidated at the DoD/Service levels.
Numbers of people in isolation, quarantine, or possibly infected will not be released.
That said, to strike a balance with protecting operational security while maintaining transparency regarding the spread of the virus, we will share Marine Corps Installations Pacific’s Facebook announcement when an individual* on Marine Corps Base Camp Butler** has tested positive for COVID-19. If known, we will share how the individual became infected. No further details will be released about positive cases, for example: the employment/duty/SOFA status, age, or gender of the individual. We will not provide a running tally.
* “Individual” comprises service members, employees, contractors, and family members.
** For the purposes of this reporting, MCB Camp Butler encompasses all Marine Corps installations on Okinawa to include MCAS Futenma.
In support of the increase to HPCON C on March 27 and the change to the risk assessment, III MEF/MARFORJ will institute additional protective measures for all MARFORJ service members, dependents, SOFA status civilians and contractors.
Among all U.S. forces on Okinawa, we are all following U.S. Forces Japan and other higher level guidance, but local commanders have some ability to determine how best to protect their units. For this reason, you may see the application of slightly different protective measures across the Services on the island.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms,
before proceeding to a medical facility.
U.S. Naval Hospital: 646-7555 or 090-6861-5230
Kadena Medical Clinic: 630-4817 or 098-960-4817
Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath