Naval Training Center in San Diego Shut Down Due to Multiple Coronavirus Cases

Michael Sohn/AP, File

The Navy announced Tuesday it closed its Training Support Command center in San Diego on Saturday after a third sailor with ties to the school tested presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus.

Two students and an instructor at the school have tested presumptive positive for the illness in the past several days, according to the Navy.

The latest sailor with ties to the school to test positive is stationed aboard the USS Essex and had been attending a course at Naval Base San Diego since Feb. 6.

The individual is currently isolated at home and restricted in movement,'' according to a Navy statement that said personnel who came into contact with the sailor have been notified and are in self-isolation.

Three more sailors, two assigned to USS Boxer, which is homeported in San Diego, and the other aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado based at Naval Base San Diego, also tested positive for COVID-19.

The schoolhouse where the training occurred will remain closed until further notice. Military health professionals are conducting a contact investigation to see if any additional precautionary measures need to be taken.

Three Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar have also tested positive for the virus; Those cases were confirmed by the base on March 13, 14, and 18. The base has since implemented new health protections on the base.

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