The Marine Corps abruptly shuttered two bases in Japan this week after several people assigned to the installations tested positive for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Marine Corps Installations Pacific on July 8, 2020, closed off Camp Hansen in Okinawa, restricting entrance to anyone not assigned to the installation and ordering personnel there to stay in their residences. The move followed a similar lockdown a day earlier at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, where several more people tested positive for COVID-19.
The people who tested positive at both locations were moved into isolation, Marine officials said in news releases. Camp Hansen's closure is meant to allow health professionals to facilitate contact tracing and cleaning teams.
Marine officials declined to answer questions about how many people assigned to the two installations have tested positive.