A Sailor assigned to the U.S. Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) tested “presumptive positive” for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), on March 13.
This marked the first Coronavirus case for a Sailor aboard a U.S. Navy ship.
According to the Navy, the individual is currently quarantined at home in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines. The test result is considered presumptive positive, pending confirmation by the CDC.
Personnel that the individual immediately identified having close contact with have been notified and are in self-isolation at their residences. None of them are aboard the ship currently.
“U.S. Navy ships conduct routine, daily cleanliness procedures geared toward health, wellness and the prevention of communicable disease spread. USS Boxer is taking appropriate preventative measures and conducting a thorough cleaning in accordance with specific guidance from the CDC and Navy-Marine Corps Public Health Center”, said a Navy statement.
“Military health professionals are conducting a thorough contact investigation to determine whether any additional personnel were in close contact and possibly exposed. Depending on the results of that investigation, additional mitigations may be taken”, the statement added.