USNS Comfort crew member reportedly tests positive for COVID-19

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A member of the crew of the USNS Comfort, the Norfolk-based hospital ship sent to New York, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report from ABC News.

The crew member did not come in contact with patients, so it’s likely the person was asymptomatic when the Comfort left Norfolk on March 28, according to ABC. The ship arrived in New York on March 30.

It began treating patients from New York who do not have the coronavirus, but reversed course Monday.

Crew members who had contact with the infected person tested negative, the Navy told ABC. But they will remain in isolation regardless of test results.

The Comfort is crewed by civilian mariners and gets most of its medical staff from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. The ship is staffed with 1,100 medical personnel.

This is a developing story. 

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