The guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd arrives in San Diego on April 28. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Millar)

The guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd arrives in San Diego on April 28. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Millar)

Everett-based USS Kidd scheduled to return home in August

It docked in San Diego after about 80 sailors tested positive for COVID-19.

EVERETT — The USS Kidd is scheduled to return to its home port of Naval Station Everett in August, the ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Nathan Wemett, said in a phone call with reporters Thursday.

COVID-19 spread through the ship last month during deployment in an operation to stop drug trafficking near South America. The Kidd had been at sea since January.

Of the ship’s roughly 300-member crew, nearly 80 sailors have tested positive for the disease, Wemett said.

It’s not clear how the outbreak started.

“We’ve attempted to do contact tracing,” he said. “But because of the large number of folks we have with the small quarters that we were in, there’s no real way to determine who the infection started with.”

The Kidd is now docked in San Diego. It arrived April 28, and since then, sailors have been quarantined, the ship has been cleaned and all aboard have been tested multiple times. Anyone who returns to the ship must receive two negative test results, Navy officials have said.

The Kidd is expected to stay in California for at least two more weeks before shipping out.

The Kidd was the second Navy warship to experience a COVID-19 outbreak while at sea.

More than 1,000 sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier with a crew of almost 5,000, tested positive for the coronavirus. One of those sailors died.

The carrier docked in Guam on March 27 to fight the outbreak. It continued deployment Tuesday in the Philippine Sea.

Stephanie Davey: 425-339-3192;; Twitter: @stephrdavey.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Young firefighter remembered for drive, smile, compassion

Marcus Carroll, 23, was a Snohomish County firefighter. His body was found Monday after a hiking trip.

Please stop killing bumble bees: They’re not ‘murder hornets’

Beekeepers say residents are mistaking bees and wasps for Asian giant hornets.

Edmonds mayor removes finance director with no cause given

Scott James joined the city in 2014. He’s the third department director to leave in the past year.

Suspected impaired driver crashed with Edmonds police officer

Both the driver and officer were injured Friday night and taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Everett killer sentenced to 43 years for fatal home invasion

Edmond Overton, 26, broke into a home and shot two men in October 2017. One of them died at the scene.

Why does a left-turn signal go green when no cars are there?

A commuter noticed the anomaly at an intersection on Everett Mall Way.

Burglary suspect identified after fatal Everett break-in

A homeowner shot the man Thursday morning. The slain man had served much of his adulthood in prison.

Police: Former nurse threatens Muslim neighbors at gunpoint

The Mountlake Terrace woman was accused of a hate crime against a mother and two daughters.

Alderwood mall area closed again due to threats of looting

The streets around Alderwood mall were closed again Tuesday afternoon… Continue reading

Most Read