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30 US soldiers test positive for coronavirus in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, July 4: About 30 American military personnel in Kuwait have tested positive for COVID- 19, according to an official from the US Defense Department, reports Al Qabas quoting https://www.airforcetimes.com.

However, Navy Capt William Urban, a CENTCOM spokesman, in a statement to Air Force Times would not release specific numbers, but confirmed the existence of a ‘cluster’ of COVID-19 cases at the Ahmad Al-Jaber Air Base. “While we will not release specific COVID- 19 numbers, we can confirm there is a cluster of cases currently at Al-Jaber, an air base in Kuwait that houses a number of US Central Command personnel,” Urban wrote.

A new dining facility at Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait opened in April. The Sandstorm Field Kitchen is managed by 407th Expeditionary Support Squadron airmen and volunteers. When dining there, visitors must first wash their hands at a hand washing station and don masks. The seats inside have all been labeled so people know where to sit to adhere to physical distancing rules. (Senior Airman Isaiah Soliz/Screen grab from Air Force video)

“This cluster developed over time, and we believe social distancing and contact tracing measures [have] limited the size of that cluster.” For example, he said, the 407th Expeditionary Support Squadron, with support from multiple base agencies, launched the Sandstorm Field Kitchen April 15, with the goal of maximizing physical distancing.

The response to COVID-19 also includes several preventative measures such as the suspension of non-essential gatherings, cancellation of force support events and changes within dining facilities. “Our top priority, first and foremost, is the health and welfare of our personnel,” Urban wrote in the email. “Any individual who shows possible COVID-19 symptoms or who tests positive for the virus immediately receives the best possible medical care, and that care continues for as long as necessary.”

Despite the outbreak, the virus it “is not impacting our ability to execute our mission and we work to strictly adhere to Centers for Disease Control guidelines,” he said. Al Jaber Air Base houses many US airmen including the Air Force’s 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, which offers a wide range of combat capabilities to US forces in the Levant.About 30 American military personnel in Kuwait have tested positive for COVID- 19, according to an official from the US Defense Department, reports Al-Qabas quoting https://www.airforcetimes.com.

However, Navy Capt William Urban, a CENTCOM spokesman, in a statement to Air Force Times would not release specific numbers, but confirmed the existence of a ‘cluster’ of COVID-19 cases at the Ahmad Al-Jaber Air Base.

“While we will not release specific COVID- 19 numbers, we can confirm there is a cluster of cases currently at Al-Jaber, an air base in Kuwait that houses a number of US Central Command personnel,” Urban wrote. “This cluster developed over time, and we believe social distancing and contact tracing measures [have] limited the size of that cluster.”

For example, he said, the 407th Expeditionary Support Squadron, with support from multiple base agencies, launched the Sandstorm Field Kitchen April 15, with the goal of maximizing physical distancing.

The response to COVID-19 also includes several preventative measures such as the suspension of non-essential gatherings, cancellation of force support events and changes within dining facilities. “Our top priority, first and foremost, is the health and welfare of our personnel,” Urban wrote in the email. “Any individual who shows possible COVID-19 symptoms or who tests positive for the virus immediately receives the best possible medical care, and that care continues for as long as necessary.”

Despite the outbreak, the virus it “is not impacting our ability to execute our mission and we work to strictly adhere to Centers for Disease Control guidelines,” he said. Al Jaber Air Base houses many US airmen including the Air Force’s 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, which offers a wide range of combat capabilities to US forces in the Levant.

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