Two sailors in Italy and US test presumptive positive for Covid-19

17 March 2020 (Last Updated March 17th, 2020 14:45)

The US Navy has announced that two sailors stationed at Naval Base Point Loma and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Capodichino, have tested presumptive positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).

Two sailors in Italy and US test presumptive positive for Covid-19
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The US Navy has announced that two sailors stationed at Naval Base Point Loma and Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Capodichino, have tested presumptive positive for coronavirus (Covid-19).

The sailor who tested positive at NSA Naples is the second confirmed case in the base and was in contact with the previously tested soldier.

The member has been under isolation since 6 March when the other sailor tested positive. The test result has been sent to Rome for confirmation and is considered presumptive positive.

Currently, the individual is undergoing quarantine at home in line with guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health authorities’ guidelines.

On 15 March, Naval Base Point Loma in California reported its first case of Covid-19 and the individual is under quarantine.

People who have been in contact with the affected individual are currently in self-isolation at their homes.

A thorough contact investigation is being conducted by military health professionals to determine possible exposure.

Additional precautionary measures are expected to be undertaken based on the investigation results.

The US Navy said in a statement: “Naval Base Point Loma 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.”

The US Navy recently announced that a sailor on-board the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) has tested presumptive positive.

Officials also revealed that a naval reservist in Maine tested presumptive positive.