A second U.S. Navy Sailor stationed at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Capodichino is presumptive positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), following a test performed by local Italian health officials.
The test sample has been sent to Rome for confirmatory lab testing. The member shared a common workspace with the first Sailor at NSA Naples who initially tested positive on March 6.
The member has been confined to their residence since Mar. 6, when they were identified as a close contact of the first case. Additional precautionary measures have already been taken to thoroughly clean the Sailor’s workspace and assess the health of all other coworkers.
All close contacts have been identified, notified, and are in self-isolation at their residences. Many of these had already been identified through the first Sailor’s contact investigation.
The member is in good condition and receiving support and medical care in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and host nation guidelines.
“We are committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of our force. We remain in close coordination with Italian authorities, the U.S. embassy, and public health authorities to ensure the well-being of our personnel and the local population”, said a statement from U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet.