US Navy stops making coronavirus cases public as the virus spreads within the military branch

The US Pacific Fleet has decided to stop naming ships that have crewmembers testing positive for Coronavirus.

As the Chinese-originated virus continues to grip the world, the Navy has determined that naming the ships with COVID-19-infected staff, as the infected Sailors are not onboard the vessels.

“These Sailors are currently isolated off ship and restricted in movement in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines,” the fleet said in a statement.

Prior to the move, the Navy named the USS Boxer as one of the ships where Sailors tested positive.

US Pacific Fleet commanders and commanding officers are committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of our force,” US Pacific Fleet said in a release.

According to the Navy Times, commanders of the fleet have been urged to avoid large formations.

“We remain in close coordination with state and federal authorities, and public health authorities to ensure the well-being of our personnel and local population,” fleet officials said.

The majority of cases have resulted in in-home isolation for affected Sailors, and several incidents -including the infections aboard the Boxer- seem to be linked to large formations and tight living quarters.

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