U.S. Public Health Service Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Manning, right, deputy incident commander, Northern Navajo Medical Center, speaks with U.S. Navy medical providers during their hospital orientation at the Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, N.M., on Dec. 18, 2020. US Army Photo
As states across the U.S. braced for a winter resurgence in COVID-19 cases, some Navy medical personnel got mid-December deployment orders to an unusual destination: Navajo Nation. Read More
USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrives in San Diego on May 15, 2020. US Navy Photo
Despite worsening COVID-19 infection rates on the West Coast and discussion among local leaders in California about the state requesting a Navy hospital ship to ease the strain on area hospitals, the Navy’s West Coast hospital ship is in maintenance and unavailable for tasking for the next couple months. Read More
Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 2nd Class Jesse Hawkins, from Chicago, right, assigned to the ‘Liberty Bells’ of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115, fits U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Bill Merz, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, for an oxygen mask aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) June 9, 2020. US Navy Photo
A new U.S. study of the COVID-19 outbreak aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) found that one in five sailors infected with the virus were asymptomatic, while the loss of smell and taste were the most common symptoms of the disease. Read More
Hospitalman Thomas Lacey, right, and Hospitalman Mohammad Yassine, left, screen a patient in their car at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) COVID-19 drive thru screening and triage site outside of NMCP’s Emergency Department on March 20, 2020. US Navy Photo
The Navy is trusting lower-level unit commanders to develop plans that both balance mission readiness with reducing the risk of exposing personnel to COVID-19 .