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'Small number' of carrier sailors removed from ship after testing Covid-positive

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HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — A "small number" of sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan have tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after departing Guam last month.

Cmdr. Reann Mommsen, 7th Fleet spokesperson, said measures were taken to help those who tested positive and protect the health of sailors on the carrier.

"There are currently no positive Covid sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)," Mommsen stated. "A small number of sailors on board the ship tested positive for Covid-19 while underway on Aug. 27."

The "sailors received immediate medical treatment and were transported off the ship – no one is hospitalized," Mommsen stated.

"The ship is taking aggressive action and applying all mitigations to protect the health of our sailors and stop the spread of the virus in accordance with (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Navy guidance as we continue to identify and eliminate any potential vectors of the virus."

The USS Ronald Reagan is seen docked in Apra Harbor at Naval Base Guam in the early morning of Aug. 22, 2020. Photo by Haruo Simion/The Guam Daily Post

Guam is one of the few ports considered a "safe haven" for Navy ships, which means sailors can enjoy limited liberty pierside and at a designated cordoned-off beach area on Naval Base Guam.

The carrier pulled into port on Guam on Aug. 22.

"With the exception of a few mandatory personnel to ensure the ship's safe arrival, there will be no interaction with any personnel outside the designated liberty areas. For the docking process, all Covid mitigations will be in place to include social distancing, masks, gloves, and minimal interactions," the Navy stated in a previous release describing safe haven.

USS Frank Cable

The Navy didn't confirm any Covid case on the submarine repair ship USS Frank Cable.

Cmdr. Cindy Fields, a spokesperson for Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, provided the following statement: "Our top priority is the safety of our crew – sailors, civilian mariners, families – and the community. We live and work here in the community, which has seen positive Covid-19 cases. There's been no impact to our mission."

The Frank Cable is home-ported on Guam.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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