The US Navy has disputed allegation that there were sailors positive to COVID-19 aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier as it continues preparations in Bremerton for deployment in the Pacific.
The nuclear-powered carrier is the fourth to reportedly have a case of the highly contagious disease among its crew.
A sailor reportedly showed COVID-19 symptoms and was placed in isolation from the crew “out of an abundance of caution,” but testing for coronavirus proved inconclusive, Cmdr. John Fage, a spokesman for the US 3rd fleet, told media.
“Sailors that had been in close contact with the individual were also removed from the ship as a precaution and placed into quarantine,” he added. “That sailor remains off the ship.”
The US Navy is planning to send the Nimitz aircraft carrier into the Pacific Ocean to relieve the USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam, which has 173 coronavirus cases and more than 2,000 sailors moved off the ship.
The Roosevelt, which has more than 5,000 people onboard, joined two other carriers that had reported cases last month.
Roosevelt’s former captain, Brett Crozier, was fired after requesting help as cases spread on board. According to the New York Times Capt. Crozier has since contracted COVID-19.
The USS Ronald Reagan, forward-deployed in Japan, said two sailors on board had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27, according to a report from Fox News.