Travis airman’s adult dependent, two others test positive for novel coronavirus

The Reporter, Vacaville CA, March 16, 2020

Latest cases through ‘community spread’ reported Monday raise to nine the number of Solano residents who have tested positive amid the pandemic

A Travis Air Force Base C-17 Globemaster soars into the air over the flight line at Travis Air Force Base. An airman and an adult dependent who, while living off base, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and, in accordance with Department Of Defense directives and public health requirements, are quarantined at their residence. (Joel Rosenbaum — Reporter File Photo)

The worrisome tally keeps rising.

The number of Solano County residents who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus rose from six to nine Monday, with local public health officials confirming that an adult-dependent of a service member at Travis Air Force Base and two others had fallen victim to “community spread.”

The Air Force member “is in isolation at their respective off-base residence,” Public Health Administrator Jayleen Richards, of the county’s Health and Social Services Department, noted in a press release. Solano County spokesman Matthew Davis reported the news about the two others but provided no additional information at press time Monday.

Also, a Contra Costa County resident who is an active-duty Travis airman also tested positive for coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and is, likewise, in isolation at their respective off-base residence, information confirmed by Col. Jeffrey Nelson, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander at the sprawling base south of Vacaville. (That case is not part of the county number.)

United States Air Force Col. Jeffrey W. Nelson, Commander, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base

Solano public health leaders are coordinating closely with Travis officials to provide important care to those who have tested positive, Richards added. The military and county agencies will continue to work together “to mitigate the effects of the virus and provide pertinent updates as timely as possible,” she wrote in the prepared statement.

In his prepared statement, Nelson explained that public health officials have begun “the contact tracing process” to notify those who may have come into contact with the positive individuals.

Master Sgt. Amanda Currier, a Travis spokeswoman at the base public affairs office, said the affected individuals would remain in isolation for 14 days, in accord with public health guidelines.

She provided no additional details about the affected individuals, such as age, gender or rank, noting current privacy regulations from the Secretary of the Air Force and the Department of Defense.