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U.S. Southern Command Statement on Coronavirus - March 12

Release No: 20-003 March 12, 2020

SOUTHCOM currently has no reports of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections within the Command.
The health and safety of our men and women is our highest priority. In light of reports that a Brazilian delegate tested positive for COVID-19, we have taken immediate actions to account for all personnel who supported the Brazilian president’s visit to U.S. Southern Command on Sunday, March 8. At present, our medical professionals are working with the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, the Florida Department of Health and other health officials to individually contact each person who was present to conduct an assessment of the risk of exposure based on guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of this afternoon the commander, Adm. Craig Faller, has not experienced symptoms and has not been tested. We will continue to implement actions, such as social distancing and restrictions to travel in accordance with DOD guidance, to minimize the risk of exposure. We continue to aggressively monitor the situation.

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