Stars and Stripes stripes.com 22 Dec, 2020 12:15 am

Hundreds of USS Ronald Reagan sailors in ‘close contact' coronavirus quarantine as holidays draw near

Hundreds of USS Ronald Reagan sailors in ‘close contact' coronavirus quarantine as holidays draw near
About 350 Reagan sailors “are in some form of” quarantine at Yokosuka Naval Base, the USS Ronald Reagan's homeport.

Matthew Ventimiglia, who started an email chain Sunday between the ship’s senior leaders.Stars and Stripes on Tuesday obtained the email chain, which includes messages from Reagan commander Capt.” About 260 quarantined Reagan sailors are assigned to the V-2 division, which maintains and operates the ship’s steam catapults, Goldhammer wrote in the email chain Tuesday.Of those, 150 have quarantined at their homes, where conditions are “painful but tolerable,” Goldhammer wrote in the email chain.

Stankus said the quarantine has had “no impact to mission and readiness,” but Goldhammer in the email chain said the carrier could miss an opportunity for maintenance and upgrades, called a selected restricted availability, or SRA, if sailors can’t safely return to work.For example, sailors are told to sleep “head to toe” in their racks to avoid breathing in close to others in a parallel bunk, Ventimiglia said in an email in the chain Monday.

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