The U.S. Navy identified 17 additional Sailors and Navy civilians who tested positive for Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 25.
Two Sailors assigned to a San Diego-based ship, and four Sailors and three Navy civilians assigned to San Diego-based shore commands tested positive. In Pascagoula, Mississippi one Sailor tested positive. Newport News, Virginia and Great Lakes, Illinois each had one Navy civilian test positive.
Five Sailors assigned to a ship underway in the Pacific have also tested positive for COVID-19. Even though the U.S. Navy stopped identifying the ships, this vessel was reported as the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). This brought the total number of infected sailors aboard the carrier to eight.
Multiple sailors abroad an aircraft carrier like USS Theodore Roosevelt being tested positive with COVID-19 is a cause of major concern for the Navy. The ship has a crew complement of around 5,000 including the ship’s company and air wing.
“People who had been in close contact with those who tested positive were quarantined and are being monitored. Military health professionals are continuing to determine if any other people had been possibly exposed, and will take additional precautionary measures as necessary”, said a Navy statement.
“The Navy is committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of the force. The Navy remains in close coordination with state and federal public health authorities to ensure the well-being of our personnel and of local communities”, the statement added.