A second Navy ship, the US Navy Destroyer USS Kidd reported 33 sailors tested positive for COVID-19 at the weekend, according to defense news outlet DefPost citing the Navy.
Two Sailors had to be evacuated to shore by helicopter. An amphibious class assault ship with medical supplies and staff is en route to provide support if needed.
This comes only weeks after the first large Navy ship, the aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt reported hundreds of cases of the virus, which led to the controversial firing and subsequent possible reinstatement of Captain Brett Crozier for writing an emotional plea, leaked to the press, for a more decisive response from command to react to the outbreak.
“The first patient transported is already improving and will self-isolate. We are taking every precaution to ensure we identify, isolate, and prevent any further spread onboard the ship,” said Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet. “Our medical team continues coordinating with the ship and our focus is the safety and well-being of every Sailor.”
There were 856 positive cases out of 4,938 Sailors on the Roosevelt and 4,105 have tested negative.