Navy closes San Diego Training Support Command after third coronavirus case

Naval Base San Diego
Posted at 4:49 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 19:49:51-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A San Diego Navy training school has been closed after a third sailor with ties to the location tested positive for coronavirus.

The Navy said the sailor, who tested positive for COVID-19 on March 14, is stationed on the USS Essex and was attending Training Support Command San Diego. The sailor is currently isolated at home with restrictive movement in accordance with CDC guidance.

Personnel that had close contact with the sailor have been identified and are in self-isolation at their homes as well, the Navy says.


The sailor has been attending the course at Naval Base San Diego since Feb. 6. The schoolhouse where the training was occurring will be closed until further notice.

Two other cases, announced March 13 and 15, remain in isolation.

Military health officials are investigating whether the third sailor had been in contact with anyone else. Additional safety measures could be taken depending on the outcome of that investigation.


"We remain in close coordination with Navy Region Southwest, state and federal authorities, as well as public health authorities to ensure the well-being of our personnel and local population," a Navy release said.

A sailor aboard the USS Boxer, homeported in San Diego, tested presumptive positive Sunday, according to Navy Region Southwest officials. The Navy's first case was announced Friday.

At MCAS Miramar, two Marines tested positive for coronavirus. The base implemented new procedures similar to the CDC in response. Neither case was related to those under federal quarantine on base from the Grand Princess cruise ship linked to a cluster of cases.