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Sailor Assigned To MacDill Air Force Base Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Colonel Stephen Snelson
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A sailor who had recenlty returned from overseas travel was diagnosed with COVID-19, Col. Stephen Snelson said.

A Navy sailor assigned to the United States Central Command headquarters at MacDill Airforce Base was diagnosed with COVID-19, an official said. 

The sailor had recently traveled overseas and upon his return, he followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colonel Stephen Snelson, commander of the 6 Air Refueling Wing, said in a Facebook video posted on Friday night.

The sailor immediately went into quarantine at his off-base home and practiced social distancing from his friends and family, Snelson said. When he started showing symptoms, he alerted the Florida Department of Health who tested him, he said.

When the sailor returned to the area from overseas, he followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He immediately went into quarantine at his off-base home and practiced social distancing from his friends and family, Snelson said. When he started showing symptoms, he alerted the Florida Department of Health who tested him, he said.

“It’s unfortunate that this happened but this member did everything right,” Snelson said.

Because the case was travel related, the base will not increase its health protections, Snelson said.

“I know this may make some of you very nervous,” he said. “I promise if we all do our part and follow the CDC guidance, we will be ready to respond if and when our nation calls.”