Military base in Washington state reports high breakthrough COVID-19 numbers

Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, released a COVID-19 update on January 3, reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases on the base, saying over 50 percent of the cases were breakthrough cases.

“COVID positive case rate [sic] continue to climb across the installation and in the surrounding area with OMICRON now suspected to be the dominant variant. Over 50% of the people testing positive are FULLY VACCINATED,” the JBLM COVID-19 Response Factsheet says. It continues, “Omicron still appears to have mild to no symptoms and can mimic flu-like symptoms.”

The update, dated January 3, does not list exact numbers of infected individuals at the base. The United States military as a whole reports 490,202 cases and 660 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

As of January 19, 340,224 active service members were partially vaccinated against COVID-19, and 1,614,069 have been fully vaccinated. There is currently a vaccine mandate in place for members of all branches of the US military.




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