Navy tells sailors in Japan to log all movements, contacts to trace possible coronavirus exposure

A sailor practices screening drivers for coronavirus symptoms at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, March 18, 2020. TAYLOR CURRY/U.S. NAVY
A sailor practices screening drivers for coronavirus symptoms at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, March 18, 2020. TAYLOR CURRY/U.S. NAVY

Navy tells sailors in Japan to log all movements, contacts to trace possible coronavirus exposure

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — U.S. Naval Forces Japan has directed sailors to keep a daily log of their movements and people with whom they have close contact, according to a memorandum Stars and Stripes obtained Tuesday.

Sailors were also told to write out all contacts and movements they’d made in the 14 days prior to the memo. The aim is to track the potential coronavirus spread should a sailor later test positive, according to the memo issued Thursday.

“In the event of a positive COVID-19 test, one of the important actions taken by medical professionals is to conduct contact tracing,” Naval Forces Japan commander Adm. Brian Fort wrote in the memo. “This information is vitally important to understand whether other personnel need to be placed in quarantine.”

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