Public will be informed about positive coronavirus cases on Okinawa, US military says

Col. Vincent Ciuccoli, commander of Headquarters and Support Battalion at Camp Smedley D. Butler, is screened for coronavirus symptoms at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, March 30, 2020. (U.S. MARINE CORPS)
Col. Vincent Ciuccoli, commander of Headquarters and Support Battalion at Camp Smedley D. Butler, is screened for coronavirus symptoms at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, March 30, 2020. (U.S. MARINE CORPS)

Public will be informed about positive coronavirus cases on Okinawa, US military says

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The U.S. military on Okinawa is vowing transparency to its troops, their families and local civilian authorities, days after the Pentagon ordered commanders to stop publicly announcing new coronavirus cases on their bases.

Officials from the Air Force and the Marine Corps, whose troops make up the bulk of the approximately 30,000 U.S. service members on Japan’s southern island prefecture, said they would inform the public about positive cases.

At the same time, those officials said they would no longer release a tally of how many service members are infected.

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