A U.S. Navy Sailor assigned to the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4), homeported in San Diego, tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 17.
The Sailor is currently isolated at their home and restricted in movement in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 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.
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, added the statement.
This marked the third time a sailor assigned to a warship is tested positive for the virus. On March 13, a sailor assigned to Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) tested positive for COVID-19. On March 16, a Sailor assigned to Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) tested positive for the virus.
“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”, added the statement.