Crewmember On Board Hospital Ship USNS Mercy Tests Positive for COVID-19

A crewmember assigned to the Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) aboard U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Navy said in a statement.

The COVID-positive crewmember is currently isolated off-ship and will self-monitor for severe symptoms.

The statement said that this will not affect the ability of Mercy to receive patients. The ship is following protocols and taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all crewmembers and patients on board, the statement added.

USNS Mercy is currently docked in Los Angeles where she arrived on March 27 to support the COVID-19 response efforts. The ship accepted its first patients on March 29.

Full Statement from the Navy:

“One Medical Treatment Facility crewmember on board USNS Mercy tested positive for COVID-19. The COVID-positive crewmember is currently isolated off-ship, and will self-monitor for severe symptoms. This will not affect the ability for Mercy to receive patients. The ship is following protocols and taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all crewmembers and patients on board”.

The Navy’s other hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) is currently docked at Pier 90 on Manhattan’s West Side supporting the medical relief efforts in New York City and to relieve pressure on the New York hospital system amid the pandemic crisis.

A crew member of the USNS Comfort was also tested positive for COVID-19.



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