The first crew member aboard the Navy hospital ship the Comfort in NY has tested positive for Covid-19.
First crew member aboard hospital ship Comfort in NY tests positive for Covid-19, Navy says
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Navy Times reports a crew member onboard the hospital ship Comfort has tested positive for the novel coronavirus on the same day President Donald Trump announced the ship would begin accepting COVID-19 patients.
The individual has since been moved into isolation onboard the ship, ABC News first reported.
Navy officials told ABC that the ship is currently following protocols designed to prevent the virus from spreading any further among crew and patients.
“There is no impact to Comfort’s mission, and this will not affect the ability for Comfort to receive patients,” officials said.
The crew member did not come into contact with any patients, Navy officials told ABC. Other sailors who have interacted with the infected crew member have tested negative.
The individual may have been asymptomatic when first boarding the ship in Norfolk, Virginia, the report said.
Navy officials previously confirmed the hospital ship’s screening process — one instituted in accordance to CDC guidance — consists only of a temperature check and “a series of questions addressing [the] member’s recent health and contact history.”
Such procedures have been criticized by many, including a medical professional and spouse of one of the Comfort’s crew, as being considerably inadequate.