The Navy on Friday reported more than a dozen COVID-19 cases among service members aboard a warship in the Middle East, with several people possibly infected on another ship.
The military branch announced the coronavirus outbreak aboard the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego in a press release, adding that it had also identified “several persons under investigation” on the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea.
The Navy added that medical personnel is conducting contact tracing to determine the origin of the outbreak on the ships.
The USS San Diego is currently docked in Bahrain, with the Navy explaining that all “positive cases have been isolated on board, and the ship remains in a restricted COVID bubble.”
Meanwhile, the Navy said it would not disclose the location of the USS Philippine Sea “due to operational security,” adding that it is “expected to pull into port to conduct further testing of all who have possibly been exposed and provide rapid testing capability and medical treatment centers, as needed.”