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126 crew members removed from USNS Mercy after 7 contract COVID-19

Navy hospital ship is docked at Port of Los Angeles
Posted at 9:16 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 16:19:37-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Navy has removed 126 medical staff members from its hospital ship docked off Los Angeles after seven of them tested positive for COVID-19.

The personnel from the USS Mercy were taken to a nearby base and remain under quarantine.

Lt. Rochelle Rieger of the 3rd Fleet says none so far has needed hospitalization. It’s unclear where or how the sailors became infected.

The Mercy was sent from Naval Base San Diego to Los Angeles last month to relieve strain on hospitals by providing care to patients who do not have COVID-19