(TacticalNews.com) – The Navy has been hit harder than the other branches of the military when it comes to COVID-19. For this reason, they have set new guidelines for units preparing for deployment. Katherine Hafner provides more information via Twitter.
Navy announces new guidance for deploying during the pandemic including personnel being sequestered for at least 14 days beforehand: https://t.co/lOmJHFSDGG
"While testing is the only way to uncover asymptomatic individuals, it does not guarantee a deploying unit is COVID-free."
— Katherine Hafner (@khafner15) May 27, 2020
Navy personnel will be sequestered for at least two weeks and face new medical screening as part of preparations for deployment. Face coverings will be required to be worn once deployed, crew members will wash their hands often, and practice social distancing when applicable. Due to the potential of test results being falsely negative, officials express concern and warn that there is no guarantee of a clean unit.
The Navy has had around 2,400 confirmed cases, the most among the armed services. The aircraft carrier, Theodore Roosevelt, was in Guam for weeks as they battled more than 1,100 COVID-19 cases. The Navy recognizes there will be challenges due to the nature of this particular military branch, where crew members are often in tight spaces, and sleep in tight quarters.
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