47 Sailors abroad the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Kidd (DDG-100) tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the service said Monday.
As of Monday, 45% of USS Kidd (crewmembers have been tested for COVID-19. Two Sailors have been medically evacuated to the United States and 15 Sailors have been transferred to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) for monitoring due to persistent symptoms.
According to the Navy, none of the sailors are in the ICU or on ventilators and the Sailors aboard the vessel are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and N95 masks.
USS Makin Island rendezvoused with Kidd following the COVID-19 outbreak on the destroyer. The vessel is embarked with a Fleet Surgical Team, ICU capacity and ventilators, and additional testing capability. The destroyer is expected to arrive in San Diego in the coming days so that it can be disinfected and the crew isolated and quarantined.
USS Kidd was underway in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations in support of the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). The vessel was supporting the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF South)’s mission, which includes counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.
USS Kidd is the second deployed U.S. Navy vessel to report a COVID-19 outbreak with the first one being the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). In total, 26 U.S. Navy ships have reported at least one case of COVID-19.
As of April 27, 100% of USS Theodore Roosevelt crewmembers have been tested for COVID-19, with 955 total positive cases and 14 recovered cases. One Sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier is in U.S. Naval Hospital Guam being treated for COVID-19 symptoms. The Navy statement added that no Sailors hospitalized for COVID-19 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
USS Theodore Roosevelt is currently docked in Guam where it arrived on March 27 for a scheduled port visit for resupply and crew rest. Prior to the port visit, three Sailors tested positive for COVID-19 aboard the carrier.