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USS Ralph Johnson Sailor tests positive for COVID-19

17 March 2020

From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

The Everett-based Sailor is currently isolated at their home and restricted in movement in accordance with CDC guidelines.

PEARL HARBOR - A Sailor assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), March 16. Ralph Johnson is homeported in Everett, Washington.

The Sailor is currently isolated at their home and restricted in movement in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Personnel who were immediately identified as having close contact with the Sailor have been notified, placed in a restriction of movement status at their residences off the ship and are being monitored.

U.S. Navy ships conduct routine, daily cleanliness procedures geared toward health, wellness and the prevention of communicable disease spread. Given this case, Ralph Johnson is conducting extensive cleaning to mitigate further spread to the crew.

Additionally, military health professionals are in the process of conducting a thorough contact investigation to determine whether any other personnel may have been in close contact and possibly exposed. Depending on the results of that investigation, additional precautionary measures may be taken.

The Navy is committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of our force. We remain in close coordination with state and federal authorities, and public health authorities to ensure the well-being of our personnel and local population.

For questions, contact U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs at 808-471-3769.

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