As many as 15 sailors assigned to the San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser Lake Champlain tested positive for COVID-19 as the ship returned from routine training Friday, according to a Navy official familiar with the issue.
About 60 members of the 350-person crew are in isolation off the ship after having had close contact with the affected sailors, said the official, who was not authorized to comment publicly.
10 News San Diego first reported the outbreak Friday.
Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman, a spokeswoman for Naval Surface Force Pacific, confirmed Friday that “a number” of sailors tested positive and that others were in isolation.
“No Lake Champlain Sailors have been hospitalized and all positives are in isolation in accordance with the U.S. Pacific Fleet Guidelines,” Schwegman said in an emailed statement. “Force health protection for our Sailors is a top priority.”
The latest numbers released by the Navy this week show there are almost 2,000 active COVID-19 cases servicewide. The Navy does not release numbers for specific regions or ships.
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