The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd is the second US Navy vessel to be affected by covid-19 while conducting patrols at sea. Previously the USS Theodore Roosevelt had to evacuate more than over 700 crew members on Guam. Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., 41, of Fort Smith, Ark of the USS Theodore Roosevelt died of coronavirus complications on April 13, 2020.
An unnamed sailor at first signs of symptoms was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center and tested positive for the coronavirus according to Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman.
The Navy expressed in an official statement on Friday that “the Sailor is stable and receiving care at a medical treatment facility”. In efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 on the USS Kidd, the Navy has directed the ship to “return to port, where they will undertake efforts to clean the ship. They will remove a portion of the crew from the ship. And work to get everybody back to health and get the ship back to sea,” said Hoffman.
Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Pinckney (DDG 91). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley/Released)
A team comprised of 8 Navy medical professionals have been dispatched to the USS Kidd to identify and isolate Sailors who might have been exposed to Covid-19, said Hoffman.
The Navy on April 23, 2020 identified 840 Sailors of the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for coronavirus and 100% of the crew have been tested. Currently four Sailors of the USS Theodore Roosevelt are receiving treatment at US Naval Hospital Guam.
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