65% of total US deployable warships report Covid-19 cases
Published: 05:07 PM, 11 October 2020
More than 190 U.S. Navy ships have suffered a COVID-19 outbreak this year, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said in a message to the fleet late last month, the US journal Navy Times reported on Friday.
The country has a total of 296 warships to be deployed. It would mean nearly 65 percent of the fleet has experienced some level of infection by the novel coronavirus.
Navy spokeswoman Lt. Emily Wilkin told Navy Times this week that the 190 ships with at least one case onboard were a mix of ships at sea and in port.
However, the journal claimed that the coronavirus did not spread to the warships like Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Kid did have.
According to the journal, precisely which ships have suffered outbreaks, and the extent of those outbreaks, remains unclear.
Following Pentagon regulations, the sea service stopped reporting COVID cases at local units this spring.
In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, 1,300 troops on the USS Theodore Roosevelt warship tested positive for Covid-19.