Coronavirus cases reported on 26 US Navy ships

Coronavirus cases reported on 26 US Navy ships
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The Navy has 26 warships with confirmed coronavirus cases aboard, a service official confirmed Wednesday.

The 26 ships are all in port and each have a “very small number of cases aboard,” the official told The Hill.

Another 14 Navy vessels have had COVID-19 cases in the past but the sailors have since recovered, they said.

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Out of the Navy’s 297 active duty warships, there are currently 90 at sea with no reported coronavirus cases.

CNN first reported on the affected ships, which the Navy is not naming. The service also will not release the number of total cases across the vessels due to Defense Department policy put in place late last month to withhold such numbers, citing operational security concerns.

A total 3,578 U.S. service members have tested positive for the virus as of Wednesday morning, according to the Department of Defense. Those numbers include two deaths, 85 hospitalized individuals, and 1,073 recovered.

The Navy makes up roughly a third of that number at 1,298 cases, with more than half, or 776 of those, from the outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. 

To attempt to curb the spread of the virus the Navy docked the Roosevelt in Guam in late March and moved ashore more than 4,000 of the ship’s 4,800-person crew.

The sailors were set to begin to return to the ship later this week after a 14-day quarantine period concluded, but the Navy put that move on hold after more than 100 previously asymptomatic sailors tested positive.