U.S. Navy steps up coronavirus screenings
The 7th Fleet of the US Navy will be required to undergo checks for COVID-19 coronavirus
South Korea, Japan and Singapore reported a substantial number of cases. All three countries host significant U.S. Navy facilities.
All individuals, from civilians and visitors to crew and contractors, will have to complete the process in order to proceed onto areas maintained by the Seventh Fleet.
“We have developed plans to screen all personnel including but not limited to crew, visitors, civilians, contractors, and new check-ins gaining access to [7th Fleet] units and platforms. These additional screening requirements will include newly gained personnel and those returning from leave. At this time, there are no indications that any U.S. 7th Fleet personnel have been affected by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In response to the threat of this virus, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet issued guidance to the Fleet that ensures the risk of COVID-19 is mitigated to our forces. We will continue to mitigate the risk to force while continuing to support the mission in support of our operational strategy and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery guidance,” said spokesperson Lt. Joe Keiley in a statement.
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