8th Army In South Korea Ordered To ‘Stop Movements’

Department of the Army issued orders to stop the movement for all 8th Army Soldiers and family members moving to or from South Korea

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The US Department of the Army has issued orders ‘to stop the movement’ for all 8th Army Soldiers and family members moving to or from South Korea.

This action is related to the ongoing spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease in humans.

In addition, the US Army announced on March 8, 2020, soldiers currently stationed at US Forces Korea (USFK) who are scheduled to attend professional military education in the USA, should also discontinue movements.

This order only applies to 8th Army Soldiers currently on permanent change of station orders or attending PME. 

The Army's order is in effect immediately, and through May 6, 2020, or until further notice.

This action is related to the March 6th announcement by USFK that a Korean National employee tested positive for COVID-19, making this the 7th USFK-related personnel to be confirmed with the coronavirus during 2020.

Overall, South Korea has reported 7,313 active cases and 50 fatalities related to the COVID-19 disease, as of noon CT on March 8th.

The USFK said it 'is analyzing the impacts of this decision.’ USFK and the 8th Army will identify and work with all Soldiers and families affected. 

‘The health and welfare of our service members and their families continue to be our top priority,’ concluded this website statement.

Furthermore, USFK remains at risk level “high” peninsula-wide and is implementing all appropriate control measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as a prudent measure to protect the force.

The US Army is one of the military departments reporting to the Department of Defense. The "Eighth Army is America's Pacific Guardians of Freedom" - and stands ready to defend our national interests and those of our allies whenever called upon.

The Eighth Army has been on duty in the Asia-Pacific since 1944.  Eighth Army's enduring presence has long signaled the U.S. resolve to support our regional allies and deter potential adversaries.

To notify the civilian population of their potential health risks, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 Travel Alert for the Korean Republic on February 24, 2020.

This high-level Travel Alert was updated on March 4, 2020, and says ‘international travelers avoid all nonessential travel to South Korea because of the widespread, ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus.’

Additionally, the CDC suggests older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, may be at increased risk for severe disease.

Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should call ahead before seeking medical care.

And, those returning to the USA from South Korea should stay home for 14-days and practice social distancing.

Unfortunately, the CDC says as of March 8th, there are no preventive vaccines or therapeutic medications targeting this type of coronavirus.

SARS-CoV-2 travel alerts news published by Vax-Before-Travel.