First SEAL from Naval Special Warfare Command Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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Sailors in SEAL underwater training in Coronado
Sailors in SEAL underwater training in Coronado, Calif., on Nov. 5, 2019. A Naval Special Warfare Command SEAL is the first to test positive for coronavirus, command officials said Thursday, March 19. (U.S. Navy photo/Sean Furey)

A Naval Special Warfare Command SEAL is the first to test positive for coronavirus, command officials said Thursday, March 19.

Test results on Thursday confirmed that the second-class petty officer, who was training at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, tested positive for coronavirus. The command is based at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

"The individual is currently isolated on base and restricted in movement in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines," said Navy Lt. Matthew Stroup, a command spokesman. "The other members of the group who were in close contact with the sailor are also quarantined on base out of an abundance of caution. They remain in close contact with medical professionals at time."

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Stroup's statement said that U.S. Special Operations Command and the Navy are committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of their force.

On Sunday, a sailor at Naval Base San Diego was the first sailor in California to test presumptive positive. He is in quarantine off base, Navy officials reported then.

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