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The US Air Force squadrons based at RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath have confirmed positive cases of coronavirus at both bases. An active duty Airman assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing and a dependent of a service member assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing are undergoing evaluation and treatment after tests came back positive for COVID-19. Both individuals are in isolation, as per instructions from the UK Government.
Explaining the situation, Col. Will Marshall, 48th FW commander, said that "The health and safety of our entire community is our top priority ... We will continue working with medical personnel on- and off-base to mitigate the spread of COVID19 and will provide pertinent updates as they become available."
Col. S. Troy Pananon, 100th ARW commander, echoed the message, saying that "We remain committed to protecting our collective team and the local community ... We are taking every step possible to provide accurate and timely information as we navigate through these unprecedented times. We will work through this together to ensure we remain ready and agile as a force."
Both squadrons advise that "members and families are encouraged to continue to practice prevention measures including following strict hygiene, social distancing, staying home if sick, self-isolating if exposed, avoiding contaminated food or water, and contacting their healthcare provider for notification of personal symptoms." This advice is also useful if you have been visiting either base in recent weeks.
For further guidance on how Americans in the UK should respond to the spread of Coronavirus, the US Embassy in London has a useful page with links to key information.