NCTC student tests positive for COVID-19

A trainee sailor with the Naval Construction Training Center at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently undergoing evaluation and treatment.

The service member is currently enrolled in the Construction Inspector course at NCTC Gulfport and was tested on 18 Mar for COVID-19.  He received a positive result today from Keesler Medical Center.  In consultation with the NCBC Public Health team and in keeping with Navy Medicine’s Return to Work Guidelines/Flowchart for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the service member will be placed in Isolation for 14 days.  The staff and students that had prolonged close contact (within 6 ft) with the service member will be placed in a ROM/Quarantine status for 14 days to self-monitor for any symptoms.  We will coordinate a deep cleaning of the classroom where the course was being conducted with the installation prior to reconvening any course of instruction in that space.  The Construction Inspector Course will be put on hold while the staff and students are Quarantined and the training staff will look to see if it is feasible to extend the class so that it can be completed with the students enrolled.

The Department of Defense has notified public health authorities of the positive test and has taken prudent precautions to ensure the (service member/dependent) is receiving the appropriate care, and the Sailor currently isolated at their home and restricted in movement in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines.

Contact tracing performed by public health officials is also underway.

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