HMCS Halifax crew member tests positive for COVID-19, in isolation aboard docked ship

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HALIFAX — A case of COVID-19 has been identified aboard the HMCS Halifax naval ship that docked in its home city Monday after returning from a six-month deployment on the Mediterranean Sea.

Officials say the infection was discovered Sunday during the ship's pre-arrival protocols as it travelled to Halifax.

The crew member involved is asymptomatic and in isolation.

Royal Canadian Navy spokesman Mark Gough said about 250 people aboard the ship are being tested for COVID-19 and they will remain there until results are received from a provincial laboratory.

Gough said Maritime Forces Atlantic will consult with the province’s health authorities to decide on next steps.

The HMCS Halifax departed the city in January to participate in NATO's Operation Reassurance.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 19, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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