Monthly Archives: September 2021

Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (18-24 September 2021)

[1-3] South Korea

·        On 22 September 2021, 5 new cases were reported from Army units in Damyang and Yeoncheon (2 cases), an Air Force unit in Cheongju, a Navy unit in Jeju and a defense ministry unit in Seongnam (1 case each). This brings the total number of cases in the military to 1,711, of which 137 cases were reported from fully vaccinated individuals.

·        On 23 September 2021, 3 cases were reported from 2 Army members from Pocheon and a Marine from Gimpo. The army members, an officer and a solider, were confirmed to be infected following their recent vacation. As of 23 September 2021, a total of 1,714 cases with 1,660 full recoveries were reported in the South Korean military.

·        On 24 September 2021, the military reported 9 new COVID-19 cases amongst army soldiers (6 cases) and the Marines (3 cases). All cases in Marines were reported from Gimpo, who were infected following a infection at their base. All Army soldier cases were infected during or after a vacation, except for one case from Yeoncheon who was infected through previous contact with an infected colleague. This brings the total number of cases reported in the military to 1,723 cases as of 24 September 2021.

[4-6] United States

·        On 18 September 2021, a public health emergency was declared in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, an air base in Alaska, for 30 days in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Alaska. The base has transited to Health Protection Condition Bravo and encouraged all personnel to avoid places that do not require masks or social distancing.

·        A total of 3 new deaths were reported amongst US service members on 20 September 2021, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths in US service members to 46, all of which occurred in unvaccinated individuals and at least half reported since mid-July 2021. As of 15 September 2021, a total of 238,120 cases with 2,175 hospitalisations and 46 deaths was reported in the US military across the various service arms: Army (82,983 cases), Navy (46,463 cases), Air Force (40,951 cases), National Guard (38,871 cases), Marine Corps (27,418 cases) and DoD Agencies (1,434 cases).

[7] United States Forces Korea

·        On 23 September 2021, a total of 14 new cases were reported from service members (8 cases) and USFK-affiliated individuals (6 cases) since 13 September 2021. Cases were reported from service members at Camp Humphreys (3 cases), Osan Air base (2 cases) and Camp Casey (2 cases), and a service member on temporary duty to USFK. Remaining cases in affiliated members include family members (3 cases) and civilian workers for the USFK (3 cases). This brings the total number of cases in the USFK-affiliated population to 1,435 cases as of 23 September 2021.

[8-11] United States Forces Japan

·        Between 11 September to 17 September 2021, 54 new cases were reported across 4 military bases in Japan. Most infections were reported from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa (38 cases), which has 68 active cases as of 17 September 2021. Cases were also reported from Yokota Air Base (7 cases), Yokosuka Naval Base (6 cases) and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (3 cases).

·        On 20 September 2021, a case was reported from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, bringing the number of active infections on the base to 3. The latest case was detected in a mandatory test prior to international travel on 17 September 2021.

·        On 21 September 2021, a total of 7 cases were reported from Yokosuka Naval base (2 cases) and Yokota Air Base (5 cases). This brings the number of active cases at each base to 15 cases and 18 cases respectively, as of 21 September 2021.

·        On 22 September 2021, 12 cases were reported by the US Army Japan since 15 September 2021, of which 11 cases were close contacts of a previous case and the remaining case tested positive prior to travelling outside Japan.

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Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (11-17 September 2021)

[1] India

  • On September 14, 8 Army officers who had returned to Uttar Bharat Army Headquarters, Bareilly from their deployment in Kazakhstan tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 54 officers had embarked on the mission, all of whom were subjected to mandatory COVId-19 test and quarantine upon return.
[2-4] South Korea
  • On September 14, 2 service members tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total caseload among the military population to 1,662. Both cases were in soldiers stationed in the central city of Sejong, who recently returned from vacation.
  • On September 15, three Army soldiers in Ansan, Incheon and Jincheon tested positive for the coronavirus. Two cases were discovered after developing symptoms while the case in Jincheon was detected after a family member tested positive. This brings the total caseload in the military population to 1,665.
  • As of September 16, 7 service members and a civilian employee had newly tested positive for the coronavirus. An airman, a Navy officer and an Air Force civilian employee were detected after showing symptoms; another was infected after a family member tested positive; two officers were infected after taking part in quarantine support missions; two officers were infected either after a vacation or contacting a positive case. This raises the total number of infections in the military population to 1,673.
[5,6] United States
  • As of the week of September 17, the US military reported 46 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic – 26 deaths occurred from March 2020 to mid-July 2021, while the remaining 20 deaths occurred in the past 2 months. It was reported that no fully vaccinated troop has died of COVID-19.
  • As of September 15, the US military recorded 238,120 COVID-19 cases, including 224,825 recoveries, 2,175 hospitalisations and 46 deaths. The distribution of cases are as follows – Army (82,983), Marine Corps (27,418), Navy (46,463), Air Force (40,951), National Guard (38,871), and other agencies (1,434). A total of 1,182,220 service members have been fully vaccinated – Army (426,281), Marine Corps (123,167), Navy (313,709) and Air Force (319,063); 358,160 service members have received one dose of the vaccine – Army (202,992), Marine Corps (36,157), Navy (44,009) and Air Force (75,002).
[7,8] United States Forces Korea
  • On September 13, 6 US military personnel and 3 dependents tested positive upon their arrival in South Korea. Four service members and a family member arrived at the Osan Air Base on US government chartered flights while the others arrived at Incheon on commercial flights between August 26 and September 6, 2021. This raises the total infections among USFK-affiliated population to 1,409.
  • On September 16, the United States Forces Korea reported 12 new coronavirus cases. Six of the cases were in service members. Four cases were detected after developing symptoms, 7 cases were detected as contacts of infected individuals, and 1 was discovered in a test conducted prior to international travel. This raises the total infections among USFK-affiliated population to 1,421.
[9] United States Forces Japan
  • The United States Forces Japan reported 20 cases as of September 14, 2021. Of 12 cases from Yokosuka Naval Base, Seven were unimmunized people, including one base employee, and two immunized people developed COVID-19 symptoms; two unimmunized people turned up during medical screenings; and one immunized base employee was discovered during contact tracing. Sasebo Naval Base and Naval Air Facility Atsugi each reported 4 cases since September 10, 2021. Cases from Sasebo Naval base were detected from medical screening or upon presentation of symptoms, while cases from Atsugi tested positive at arrival tests in the airport.
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Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (4-10 September 2021)

South Korea [1-4] 

Between 7 – 10 Sept, a total of twelve cases were reported by the military. These included two army officers (Yeoncheo), two Air Force officers (Cheonann and Suwon), four Army soldiers (Daejeon, Yangju, Yeoncheon and an enlistee at his base), an airman (Daejeon), a marine (Pohang), a soldier of a unit under the direct wing of the defense ministry and one officer (Seoul). The latest cases brought the total case load among the military population to 1,653. 

United States Forces Korea [5-6] 

Between 8 – 9 Sept, a total of 15 American soldiers and 13 affiliated individuals tested positive for the new coronavirus upon their arrival in South Korea. Six soldiers, one family member and four civilian workers were confirmed to have been infected upon arrival at Incheon International Airport, seven soldiers, five family members and three civilian workers were either from Camp Humphreys, Osan Air Base, the Yongsan garrison in Seoul, or camps in the city of Dongducheon and the remaining two soldiers were on temporary duty to the command. The latest cases brought the total caseload among the USFK population to 1,400. 

United States Forces Japan [7-9] 

Since 1 Sept, a total of 128 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in U.S. military bases in Japan. 42 cases in Yokosuka Naval Base which now has 65 people under medical observation, 47 cases in Kadena Air Base on Okinawa which now has 72 active cases, 19 cases in Yokota Air Base, nine cases in Sasebo Naval Base which now has 17 active cases, six cases in Camp Zama, 4 cases in Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and one case in Naval Air Facility Atsugi. 

United States [10] 

Overall, a total of 353,006 cases and 455 associated deaths were reported across the entire Defense Department, of which most cases were reported from the military (233,218 cases) and most deaths were from civilians (293 deaths), as of 8 September 2021. 

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Military Infectious Disease Surveillance (28 August – 3 September 2021)

[1-5] South Korea

·       On 30 Aug, a total of three cases were tested positive bringing the total cases in the military population to 1,615. The three service members identified were an army officer in Cherowan who had return from vacation, an officer in Jangseong who had developed symptoms and an Air Force officer in Suwon who had contact with an infected family member.

·       On 31 Aug, two Army members were tested positive with one returning from a recent vacation and another having contact with an infected friend. This increases the total cases among the military population to 1,617.

·       On 1 Sept, the military reported four new cases. An Air Force officer based in Busan had developed symptoms while in quarantine after involved in the evacuation of Afghan people. A soldier in Seoul and a Marine in Gimpo were infected while in vacation and a Navy officer in Daejeon was identified after an overseas study. This increases the total cases among the military population to 1,621.

·       On 2 Sept, the military reported eight new cases. Five Army soldiers, two Air Force members and an officer affiliated with a unit under defense military were identified increasing the total cases among the military population to 1,629.

·       On 3 Sept, four Army members (three officers and a soldier) were tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total cases among the military population to 1,633.

[6-8] United States Forces Korea

·       On 28 Aug, the USFK reported 11 COVID-19 cases bringing the total number of infection in USFK population to 1,297. Five infections were from Osan Air Base, three cases (one soldiers and two civilian workers) from Camp Humphreys and three cases (family members) from Daegu.

·       On 31 Aug, 49 American soldiers and four affiliated individuals have been tested positive including individuals from the cluster in Osan Air Base. At least 33 American service members were tested positive for COVID-19 in the cluster after a no mask party in the base on 21 August. Of the total cases reported, 18 service members and one family member in Osan Air Base were tested positive after developing symptoms or had contact with infected colleagues. Another 18 service members and one contractor on temporary duty were tested positive prior departing for international travel. Two cases, a south Korean contractor and one family member were from Camp Humphreys. Another 13 American service members were new arrivals to South Korea between 9-26 Aug. This brings the total cases among the USFK to 1,350.

·       On 2 Sept, a total of 19 American soldiers and three affiliated individuals including individuals linked to the Osan cluster infection have been tested positive COVID-19 bringing the total cases in the USFK population to 1,372. 11 service members and a South Korean civilian employee at Osan Air Base were identified after developing symptoms or having contact with infected colleagues. The remaining cases, eight soldiers and two family members, were identified from Camp Humphreys, Camp Casey, Daegu or on temporary duty in South Korea.

[9-13] United States Forces Japan

·       The USFJ reported a total of 78 cases between 21 Aug and 27 Aug. Cases were from Kadena Air Base on Okinawa (41 cases), Yokota (22 cases), Yokosuka Naval Base (12 cases), Naval Air Facility Atsugi (2 cases) and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (1 case).

·       On 30 Aug, the US military bases in Japan reported 11 cases since 26 Aug. Cases were reported from Naval Air Facility Atsugi (1), Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (2) and Sasebo Naval Base (8).

·       On 31 Aug, a total of 75 new cases were reported. The cases were from Marine Corps community on Okinawa (40), Yokosuka Naval Base (29), Naval Air Station Atsugi (1) and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (5).

·       On 1 Sept, the USFJ reported 27 cases since 25 Aug. Cases were reported from Camp Zama (21) and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (6).

·       On 2 Sept, the USFJ reported 25 cases. There cases were from Marine Corps community on Okinawa (18), Naval Air Facility Atsugi (1) and Sasebo Naval Base (6).

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