BREMERTON — The Navy has disputed claims there are sailors sickened with COVID-19 aboard the USS Nimitz, as the aircraft carrier continues preparations in Bremerton for deployment in the Pacific.
But Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday, that the Nimitz does have cases.
“There’s been a very small number of breakouts on the Nimitz, and we’re watching that very closely before the Nimitz goes out,” he said. “But it’s not a huge breakout, it’s not a big spike at this point.”
A sailor displayed symptoms and was placed in isolation away from the ship “out of an abundance of caution,” but testing for the virus proved inconclusive, Cmdr. John Fage, a spokesman for the U.S. 3rd fleet, told the Kitsap Sun.
“Sailors that had been in close contact with the individual were also removed from the ship as a precaution and placed into quarantine,” Fage said. “That sailor remains off the ship.”
A second sailor stationed aboard the Nimitz has tested positive for COVID-19, Fage added, but they were out of state and on leave at the time.
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