A San Diego docked Navy warship is facing an outbreak of COVID-19, leaving its crew panicked by what some insiders call insufficient safety measures on board, a source said.
Officials told The Navy Times that some representatives onboard the USS Chafee, which arrived from Hawaii last weekend in California, had tested positive for the virus.
An internal ship document accessed by the outlet reveals that 41 of the 350 crew members of the ship are in quarantine with either a positive diagnosis or a potential exposure.
Nonetheless, in an emailed statement, "The ship remains able to fulfill its mission," Third Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Sean Robertson told the Navy Times.
"No Chafee sailors have been hospitalized, and all those who are positive are isolated."
The outlet was informed by a small officer aboard the ship that the outbreak appeared to start with the cooks.
"We had seven people in quarantine and three tested positive before pulling into San Diego, all the cooks who come into contact with the entire crew," said the petty officer.