US Navy Warship Sidelined With COVID-19 Outbreak

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship has paused its deployment to South America due to a coronavirus outbreak, the Navy stated Friday.

The USS Milwaukee, a litorral fight ship, is staying in port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, the place it had stopped for a scheduled port go to. It started its deployment from Mayport, Fla., on December 15 and was heading into the U.S. Southern Command area.

The Navy stated in a press release that the ship’s crew is “100% immunized” and that every one of those that examined constructive for COVID-19 have been remoted on the ship away from different crew members. The variety of crew testing constructive was not disclosed.

The Navy stated that “a portion” of these contaminated are having gentle signs, and that the particular variant is just not but recognized. COVID-19 instances have surged throughout the nation because of the extremely contagious omicron variant.

“The ship is following an aggressive mitigation strategy in accordance with Navy and CDC guidelines,” the Navy stated.

The first main army outbreak of the virus was early final year on a Navy warship, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an plane provider that was working within the Pacific. The Roosevelt was sidelined in Guam for almost two months, and greater than 1,000 of the 4,800 crew members examined constructive. One sailor died, and all the crew went by means of weeks of quarantine in a rotation that saved sufficient sailors on the ship to maintain it protected and working.

According to the newest knowledge launched by the Navy, greater than 98% of all lively obligation sailors have been totally vaccinated.

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