According to two US military officers and a defense officer, a Kovid-19 outbreak among sailors assigned to the Navy’s Pacific Fleet-guided missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy sidelined most of the crew and delayed its training program.
Officials said that about a quarter of the nearly 300 sailors assigned to the ship have tested positive for the Kovid-19. And while there are a handful of cases among sailors assigned to many naval ships, especially port people, officials acknowledge that the positivity of the USS Michael Murphy is seen more than other ships.
Officials said a sailor crew kept boarding until more sailors finished their time in quarantine. Officials said all positive cases of Michael Murphy are in Hawaii and no one has been hospitalized. He said the ship is currently being cleaned at Pearl Harbor.
Defense and military officials asserted that positivity had no operational impact on the ship or the navy overall. The USS Michael Murphy is not scheduled to deploy before 2021.
Michael Murphy, an Arrighe Burke class guided missile destroyer, recently underwent maintenance and entered the basic phase of training. Officials said earlier this month several days of training had to be rescheduled as the sailors had homes and detachments, but officials said the ship and its crew could make time before the end of the year. Some training programs are conducted at sea, but the ship has not been able to leave the port since the Kovid outbreak.
US military and defense officials said the ship’s readiness had no effect.
Cmdr said, “Carnovirus Disease 2019 (Kovid-19) assigned to USS Michael Murphy, November 4. Nicole Schwegman, Apocizer of Surface Forces Pacific. In a statement to NBC News. She cited specific policy on the destroyer Declined to discuss the -19 number. The statement continued, “Personnel testing positive for Kovid-19 have been kept in isolation.” “By an abundance of caution, all close contacts and non-essential crew members. Going through a period of self-isolation of two weeks according to the Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines. “
Kovid’s outbreak could be severe for the Navy, as its ships are given close quarters. The USS Wayne E., another destroyer currently in maintenance at Pearl Harbor. The mayor also reported several Kovid cases among sailors recently assigned to the ship. It is not scheduled for immediate deployment.
In March, coronoviruses swept through the USS Theodore Roosevelt, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the Pacific with a crew of 4,779. In April, the sailor assigned to Theodore Roosevelt died of Kovid-19 related complications, the Navy said.
The Navy relieved Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer, Capt. Brett Crozier, in early April after the Navy sounded an alarm to the Navy’s response to the Coroner and the Korean virus.
The then acting Navy Secretary, Thomas Modley, said that Crozier was relieved as he sent his communications over “unqualified emails” to a series of orders rather than a “wide range of people”. He later resigned after being ridiculed and then apologized to Crozier.
The outbreak on Theodore Roosevelt was the subject of analysis by Naval personnel published earlier this month in the New England Journal of Medicine. It was found that 27 percent of the 1,271 sailors or crew tested positive for coronovirus between March 23, 2020 and May 18, 2020, the duration of the event. The authors noted that the virus spread rapidly among Roosevelt’s crew, facilitated by close quarters and asymptomatic crew members.
“Confirmation of the Kovid-19 compared to those working in tight locations (eg, reactor, engineering, supply and weapons departments) in combination with open air and limited conditions (eg, air and deck crew) or Were more likely to be skeptical.), “Concludes the analysis.
The report stated that no more than three-quarters of the infected crew members had any symptoms.