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Coronavirus: 18 people tied to Naval Air Station Jacksonville tested

--If a plane is awaiting any kind of special part that keeps it from continuing on the schedule, it is removed from the line and placed into the hospital cell(pictured) till it be fixed and re-entered into the line. The Navy is facing a shortfall in the number of F/A-18s it will have in service, with the aging fighter jets near or already over what was supposed to be their lifespan while the replacement isn't available as of yet. Dealing with this problem the Navy has grounded 100 jets with cracks in their fuselage, and the repair has fallen on the shoulders of Fleet Readiness Center Southeast at NAS Jax, which has shifted to making parts from scratch and delving far deeper into the guts of the aircraft than the original manufactures ever expected. In Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday, March 25, 2010. (The Florida Times-Union, Don Burk/TNS)

At least 18 people with ties to Naval Air Station Jacksonville are in isolation at their homes after being tested for the coronavirus, according to a report in the Navy Times.

All 18 people are waiting for the test results, and nobody with ties to the navy base in Southwest Jacksonville has tested positive for the disease as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the report.

A naval spokeswoman didn’t say whether the people were active duty, civilians or family members, nor did she provide details about why they were being tested and how they may have picked up the virus, according to the report.

The report said the 18 people are considered under investigation for COVID-19 and are being treated in accordance with advice from the Center for Disease Control. The tests were performed at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, which is located on the base.

NAS Jacksonville is now under “Health Protection Condition Brave ‘Moderate,'” according to the report. This requires personnel to follow strict hygiene and prohibits hand shaking. Common areas are being disinfected, and anyone with corona-like symptoms or who have been exposed to anyone with the virus are being told to self-isolate and contact a doctor.


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