Saturday, March 21, 2020

Marine on board the Yuma, Arizona, tested positive to COVID-19

Marine at Arizona base tested positive for COVID-19 as large-scale ‘mission-essential’ exercise continues

Marine Corps Times
Shawn Snow
March 20, 2020

At least one Marine on board the Yuma, Arizona, air station has tested positive for COVID-19 as thousands of Marines are in town conducting an air and ground integration exercise deemed mission-essential by the commandant, a Marine official confirmed.
A large gathering of Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, Friday morning, March 20. Health officials have recommended social distancing to stem the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy photo)

The large-scale air and ground coordination training officially kicked off March 8 and is slated to run through April 26. But the conclusion of training falls in the middle of a Defense Department domestic travel ban implemented March 16 to stem the tide of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Yuma city council held a town hall meeting Friday to discuss the latest developments regarding the rapidly spreading virus.

Diana Gomez, the Yuma health director, confirmed to worried residents the first “presumptive” COVID-19 case in the city — meaning an individual tested positive for the virus at a lab but is awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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