SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) — Members of Navy Forward-Deployed Preventive Medicine Units
(FDPMU) and Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) embarked several 7th Fleet
ships March 14 to help combat the risk of and provide laboratory batch
testing for COVID-19 onboard the ships.
Teams are embarked on the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), the
aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and the U.S. 7th Fleet
flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and have the ability to batch test Sailors
onboard who present with influenza-like illness symptoms, instead of only
sending samples to be tested ashore.
This capability provides early-warning surveillance for the medical teams to
be able to identify if a COVID-19 case is onboard a ship, but does not
individually diagnose Sailors. If a batch were to test positive for
COVID-19, the medical teams would take additional