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Third MCAS Miramar Marine tests positive for coronavirus

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 16:54:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A third Marine has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus at MCAS Miramar.

The Marine is currently quarantined at his home, MCAS Miramar officials told 10News.

Navy medical staff is investigating anyone the Marine may have had contact with, as well.

No further information on the base's third case was immediately released.

Last week, a Marine tested positive for coronavirus after returning from leave in Washington state where he was visiting family. Then Saturday, the base confirmed a second Marine tested positive for the virus.

Those two Marines are currently in isolation and quarantined in an empty barracks that was designated to treat potential cases of COVID-19.

MCAS Miramar is currently a quarantine site for individuals evacuated from Wuhan last month and passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship. Those quarantined passengers are being treated by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff.

The two Marines who had contracted coronavirus last week did not have any contact with cruise passengers, according to the base.

MCAS Miramar officials say the base has implemented increased hygiene practices in accordance with the CDC to treat personnel.