Coronavirus cases appear on second Navy carrier, USS Nimitz

Coronavirus cases appear on second Navy carrier, USS Nimitz
Top to bottom: USS Nimitz (CVN-68), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) assemble for a photo op during a 3-strike group exercise in the Pacific. USN photo

[Ed. – Nimitz (CVN-68) isn’t deployed right now, but is working up for deployment.  She’s homeported in Kitsap, Washington near Bremerton.  When the news first broke about Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), local news in the Kitsap area said Nimitz was already taking precautions.  But Washington has been a hard-hit state, and Bremerton/Kitsap are northwest close to Seattle.  Sailors there were likely to get the virus from the local population.]

THE MILITARY’S second-highest ranking officer on Thursday warned of a new coronavirus outbreak aboard the USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier about to embark on a deployment to the Pacific as the military struggles to contain the spread of the virus that has already sidelined crewmembers from another carrier.

“There’s been a very small number of breakouts on the Nimitz, and we’re watching that very closely,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday about the 5,000-member crews. He said that those sailors have “been isolated on the ship.” …

Not enough local hotel space exists in Bremerton, Washington, where the ship is based, for its commanders to quarantine crew members, so they’re attempting to isolate them on board, the general said.

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