Crew Member Of US Navy Ship Comfort Tests Positive For COVID-19

The hospital ship USNS Comfort departs Naval Base Norfolk on March 28, 2020, in Norfolk, Virginia. - The Comfort sails to New York City to aid in the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WA... The hospital ship USNS Comfort departs Naval Base Norfolk on March 28, 2020, in Norfolk, Virginia. - The Comfort sails to New York City to aid in the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS

WASHINGTON — The Navy says a crew member on board the hospital ship USNS Comfort in New York harbor tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

The crew member has been isolated from patients and other crew members, and the Navy says the illness will not affect the Comfort’s mission of receiving and treating patients.

The Navy had recently announced that the Comfort, which initially was taking only non-COVID patients, is now accepting trauma, emergency and urgent care patients regardless of their COVID status.

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