A United States Navy sailor stationed at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba (NSGB), has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently receiving treatment, a post on the Naval Base Facebook page stated.
The base said Tuesday the navy sailor is currently isolated and restricted in movement, in accordance with the Guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Naval authorities are tracking people who the sailor was in contact with.
The Naval Base added it "has developed an aggressive mitigation strategy to minimize spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our force."
The mitigation efforts include the following:
- Adjusting or canceling many regularly-scheduled activities and functions.
- Medical representatives screening all personnel coming aboard the installation.
- Enforcing social distancing and minimizing group gatherings.
- Conducting deep cleaning.
The statement emphasized "this is not business as usual" and added that many scheduled activities and functions have been adjusted or canceled, as base medical units continue to examine personnel.
Social distancing measures have also been implemented and group meetings have been minimized.
“The COVID-19 pandemic measures and associated health protection conditions mean that, for the foreseeable future... we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and the performance of our mission, and we will ensure that those imperatives endure." the statement said.
The infected US Navy sailor has not been identified.
The base has a population of about 6,000 people including about 2,000 workers from nearby Caribbean countries and other military personnel. An estimated 40 prisoners remain locked up in the base's military prison.