47 Sailors aboard USS Kidd test positive for coronavirus

USS Kidd (DDG 100) transits the Pacific Ocean
Posted at 12:03 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 15:43:35-04

47 Sailors aboard the destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), based in San Diego, California, have tested positive for coronavirus.

According to the Navy, a Sailor assigned to the Kidd tested positive after being medically evacuated to the United States from operations at sea on April 23.

Within 24 hours following the Sailor's positive test, the Navy deployed a specialized medical team to the ship to conduct contact tracing and additional onsite testing.

The Navy said as of April 27, 45% of USS Kidd crew members have been tested for COVID-19, with 47 total positive results.

Two Sailors have been medically evacuated to the United States. 15 Sailors have been transferred to USS Makin Island (LHD 8) for monitoring due to persistent symptoms. None are in the ICU or on ventilators.

Sailors aboard Kidd are wearing PPE and N95 masks, the Navy said.

The Navy said the ship will return to port, where the crew will continue to clean and disinfect the ship, observing protocols in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Navy-specific guidelines.

Sailors aboard the Kidd will continue to be tested for the virus.

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