U.S. Navy Sailor Assigned to USS Ralph Johnson Tests Positive for COVID-19

A U.S. Navy Sailor assigned to USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 16, the service said in a statement.

The Sailor is currently isolated at their home and restricted in movement in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Personnel who were immediately identified as having close contact with the Sailor have been notified, placed in a restriction of movement status at their residences off the ship and are being monitored.

USS Ralph Johnson is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and is homeported in Everett, Wash.

This marked the second time a sailor assigned to a warship is tested positive for the virus. A sailor assigned to Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) tested positive for COVID-19 on March 13.

According to the statement, U.S. Navy ships conduct routine, daily cleanliness procedures geared toward health, wellness and the prevention of communicable disease spread. Given this case, Ralph Johnson is conducting extensive cleaning to mitigate further spread to the crew.

“Additionally, military health professionals are in the process of conducting a thorough contact investigation to determine whether any other personnel may have been in close contact and possibly exposed. Depending on the results of that investigation, additional precautionary measures may be taken.”

“The Navy is committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of our force. We remain in close coordination with state and federal authorities, and public health authorities to ensure the well-being of our personnel and local population.”

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