The ship was in a port in Hawaii so there was limited operational impact due to the outbreak.
One of the officials said that the majority of the sailors who contracted the virus did not show symptoms, and many of them are expected to return to the ship in the coming days.
A US Navy spokesman confirmed that “personnel assigned to USS Michael Murphy had tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on November 4,” but did not say how many sailors had contracted the disease, citing Defense Department policy.
“Individuals who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus have been isolated. Out of extreme caution, all close contacts and non-essential staff members are subject to a two-week self-isolation period in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines,” Cmdr. Surface Forces Pacific spokeswoman Nicole Schweigmann told CNN via email.
The news of the outbreak of the virus on board the navy warship comes a day after the US Coast Guard announced that one of its ships, the Coast Guard vessel Cutter Stratton, had to return to the port after 11 of its crew members tested positive for the virus.
The Coast Guard vessel was participating in anti-drug patrols in the eastern Mediterranean before it was forced back to its original port in Alameda, California.
“The crew members have reported with mild symptoms and are receiving medical care,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.
The outbreak of the ship Theodore Roosevelt resulted in the death of a sailor and a set of events culminating in the expulsion of the ship’s commanding officer and the resignation of the Acting Secretary of the Navy over their handling of the crisis.
There are currently about 25,000 active cases of Covid-19 in the ranks, and another 44,390 soldiers have recovered from the virus, according to the Pentagon. The number of military cases has increased over the past few weeks with the increase in the number of cases among the general population.