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U.S. Navy recruit tests positive for coronavirus after arriving Naval Station Great Lakes

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A recruit who arrived at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation, officials said.

The U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command said in a statement that the recruit tested positive on Saturday and had arrived at the unit the week of March 16-20.

The recruit is currently isolated and being cared for at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago.

Military health professionals are conducting an investigation to determine whether any other personnel may have been exposed.

“Personnel identified as having close contact with the recruit are being notified, placed in a restriction of movement status and tested for COVID-19 out of an abundance of caution,” the U.S. Navy said.

The barracks and other areas that the recruit came in contact with are being thoroughly cleaned.

On Thursday, a new policy was put into place requiring all incoming recruits at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes to complete a 14-day restriction of movement period.

The affected recruit arrived a week before the currently policy was implement.

“While a positive COVID-19 test is not desirable, RTC was prepared for this situation and have both the facilities and medical support to quarantine those affected and maintain the safety of our overall Recruit Training Command force,” officials said.


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