March 26, 2020

BMT Trainee Tests Positive for COVID-19

A trainee at the Air Force’s Basic Military Training has tested positive for the new coronavirus, prompting the trainee and 40 others to be placed in isolation.

The trainee, the first COVID-19 case in basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, first reported on March 18, the service said in a statement. The trainee was isolated once they started showing symptoms on an undisclosed date, prompting the service to conduct “contract tracing” to determine who they had been in close contact with.

“While a positive COVID-19 discovery is not desirable, the good news is we planned for this and our preparations worked. The trainees were restricted during the incubation period and this allowed for limited exposure,” Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, said in a release. “Practices put into place allow for the identification of COVID-19, while limiting the pool of individuals who can be infected. We take preparing for worst case scenarios seriously and that planning has paid off.”

The trainee is being treated and will stay in isolation until recovered. The other 40 will stay in quarantine for an undisclosed period of time at separate training facilities and will not have exposure to other recruits.