October 25, 2021

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USS Kidd: The number of coronavirus cases from the second warship outbreak approached 100 when the Navy limited information about the pandemic

USS Kidd: The number of coronavirus cases from the second warship outbreak approached 100 when the Navy limited information about the pandemic
The ship, which is currently in port at San Diego, is the second US warship to be hit by a pandemic outbreak after USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier.

Officials say that there are more than 95 cases currently on board, which means that almost 30% of the crew have been infected, exceeding the infection rate for USS Theodore Roosevelt who has seen around 24% of his crew infected.

Submission of the outbreak on the mother ship caused the shooting of the ship commander, and the resignation of the Secretary of the Navy to act. This has been the subject of a Navy investigation that will be completed on May 27 after initial preliminary investigations that officials told CNN to recommend that the former aircraft carrier captain, Captain Brett Crozier, be reinstated.

The Navy on Friday stopped giving official daily figures on the number of cases on Kidd and Theodore Roosevelt, saying that “would only report significant changes to these ships and new cases on other deployed vessels.”

On Thursday night, a Navy statement said that the official number of active corona virus cases in Kidd was 78.

A 20% increase in the case of a positive corona virus does not appear to meet the definition of “TNI” important information.

A statement Thursday said that USS Theodore Roosevelt had 1,102 active cases in addition to 53 sailors who had recovered from coronavirus after completing at least 14 days in isolation and two successful negative tests. Three sailors from the ship are being treated at US Naval Hospital in Guam for coronavirus symptoms. None of the sailors were in the ICU.

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Asked about the new policy, Pentagon chief spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters at the Pentagon, “we want to get out of the pattern of providing tracking of small changes every day.”

“We have now reached the point with the two ships, especially with (Theodore Roosevelt), where we have gone through, the whole crew has been killed, the whole crew has been tested, we have the results, the ship has been cleaned, the crew has now returned to the ship. So we believe “that we have moved past the point where daily updates provide useful information for public conversation about it,” Hoffman said.

“If unfortunately there is an additional outbreak, we will provide information. But we want to get out of the pattern of providing a daily tracker of small changes in this regard. And I think that is a reasonable place,” Hoffman added.