SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- On March 13, a Sailor assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) tested “presumptive positive” for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), marking the first case for a Sailor aboard a Navy ship. The individual is currently quarantined at home in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines. The test result is considered presumptive positive, pending confirmation by the CDC.
Personnel that the individual immediately identified having close contact with have been notified and are in self-isolation at their residences. None of them is aboard the ship currently. U.S. Navy ships conduct routine, daily cleanliness procedures geared toward health, wellness and the prevention of communicable disease spread. USS Boxer is taking appropriate preventative measures and conducting a thorough cleaning in accordance with specific guidance from the CDC and Navy-Marine Corps Public Health Center.
Military health professionals are conducting a thorough contact investigation to determine whether any additional personnel were in close contact and possibly exposed. Depending on the results of that investigation, additional mitigations may be taken.
Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet is committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of our force. We remain in close coordination with state and federal authorities, and public health authorities to ensure the well-being of our personnel and local population.