US Navy sailor tests positive for coronavirus in Spain

US Navy sailor tests positive for coronavirus in Spain
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The Navy announced Thursday that a U.S. sailor stationed in Spain has tested positive for the coronavirus as the illness ravages the country. 

The Navy said in a statement that the service member, who is not identified, tested positive on Wednesday.

“The member is currently restricted to their residence, receiving supportive and medical care in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and host nation guidelines,” the Navy said, adding that anyone who had contact with the sailor has been notified and is now self-isolating. 


Naval Station Rota, the base at which the service member is stationed, has implemented an array of safety measures, including shuttering all nonessential services, allowing telework to reduce crowds in work centers and encouraging social distancing. It is also in contact with the Spanish Navy to reinforce these measures base-wide.

Spain has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus, which has infected more than 56,000 people in the country. More than 4,000 people have died.

The announcement comes two days after a U.S. Marine stationed at the Pentagon tested positive for COVID-19, the first known positive coronavirus case of a service member stationed at the building. Eight sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Pacific have also tested positive.