Two sailors who battled USS Bonhomme Richard fire test positive for coronavirus

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Fire
Posted at 8:15 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 23:22:48-04

SAN DEIGO (KGTV) — At least two sailors who helped fight the fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego have tested positive for COVID-19.

The two sailors tested positive after exhibiting symptoms, according to U.S. Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman. It wasn't immediately clear how the two sailors may have contracted the virus.

The exact condition of the two sailors was not provided.

Contact tracing identified 27 people regarded as "close contacts" and they are now in quarantine.

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Thursday, Navy officials said all known fires had been extinguished aboard the vessel. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time, and likely won't be discovered until the ship can be inspected fully.

Hundreds of crew members helped in the firefighting effort for five days. On Friday, Navy Admiral Mike Gilday came to San Diego to see the damage and meet with the sailors and crews who had battled the blaze.

"The Navy continues to implement COVID-19 mitigations measures to protect the health of our force," Schwegman's statement added.