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You are at the official site for Navy information and updates on Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19). Visit frequently to learn about the latest policies, leadership messages and guidance on how to protect yourself, your family and your Shipmates.

Below you’ll find video messages and statements from Navy leaders, Navy news articles, links to NAVADMINs and ALNAVs, and other resources.

White House Guidance

30 Days to Slow the Spread (President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America – PDF)

White House/CDC/FEMA COVID-19 Page


Daily Update: April 4, 2020

Key Developments

More than 90 U.S. Navy ships are deployed globally, none have COVID-19 cases on board.  Navy commands/units/ships that do have COVID-19 cases are mitigating the spread aggressively in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

As of today, 44% of the USS Theodore Roosevelt crew were tested for COVID-19, with 155 positive cases so far.  1,548 Sailors have moved ashore.  As testing continues, the ship will keep enough Sailors on board to sustain essential services and sanitize the ship in port.  There have been zero hospitalizations.

A U.S. Department of Navy civilian died March 23 and posthumously tested positive for COVID-19. He died at age 66 at his home near London, United Kingdom. 

Navy totals as of 0400 EDT Cases Hospitalized Recovered Deaths
MIL 372 6 22 0
CIV 74 16 0 1
DEP 41 4 2 0
CTR 27 1 2 0
TOTAL 514 27 26 1

Today’s Events

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12), transited through the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian Gulf April 3, 2020.

USS Gabriel Giffords (LCS 10) and JMSDF ship JS Teruzuki sailed together in the Andaman Sea, April 2.

USS Delaware (SSN 791) commissioned today.  The Virginia-class submarine is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged.


April 3, 2020: SECNAV Vector 18: Serving Our Country (also posted on ALNAV site)


April 3, 2020: 99/20: Mobilization Processing of Navy Reserve Personnel in Support of COVID-19 Response Operations

April 3, 2020: 98/20: Procedures for Navy Entities to Contribute Additively Manufactured Parts or Services in Response to COVID-19

April 2, 2020: 97/20: Common Access Card Issuance Policy Update for COVID-19

Navy.mil Releases

April 4, 2020: Rapid Mobilization Process Established for Reservists Supporting COVID-19 Response

April 3, 2020: Navy Deploys Expeditionary Medical Facility Personnel to Support Federal COVID-19 Response

April 3, 2020: Navy College Program Continues During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 3, 2020: NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Helps Comfort Get Underway for New York

April 3, 2020: Team at Naval Personnel Command Works 24/7 to Help Sailors, Families With PCS Questions

April 3, 2020: Navy Initiates Temporary Changes for ID Card Offices

For Resources on Hospital Ships Mercy and Comfort go HERE

Go to the links below for more information

Supporting Imagery




MyNavyHR Videos

Navy.mil Releases

Supporting Video

DoD, Navy Leadership Statements


More Resources

Supporting Imagery

Fleet Response to COVID-19 Imagery Gallery


March 27, 2020 – 93/20: Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) Collaboration Environment

March 26, 2020 – 89/20 – ​Voluntary Extensions for Active Component Navy Members with Approved Separation or Retirement Dates

March 25, 202088/20: Requirements for Authorized and Ordered Departures

March 23, 202083/20: Restriction of Movement Guidance

March 23, 2020: 82/20: Navy Transition Assistance Program Policy Update for COVID-19

March 21, 2020 – 80/20: Navy Mitigation Measures in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak: Update 3

March 19, 2020 – 75/20: Maintaining and Protecting the Navy Accessions Supply Chain

March 19, 2020 – 74/20: Mitigation Measures in Response to Coronvavirus Outbreak (Update 2)

March 18, 2020 – 73/20: Temporary Relaxation of Hair Grooming Standards in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

March 18, 2020 – 72/20: Navywide Advancement Examinations

March 18, 2020 71/20: Physical Readiness Policy Update

March 17, 2020 69/20: Enlisted Advancement Exams Postponed

March 17, 2020 68/20: Effective use of Remote Work Options

March 14, 2020 – 65/20: Overseas Travel

March 12, 2020 – 64/20: Navy Mitigation Measures in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak


March 31, 202035/20: Special Duty Medical Examinations Update to Policy in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019

March 23, 2020: 29/20: State and Local Shelter-in-Place Orders’ Impact on Department of the Navy Operations

March 20, 2020ALNAV 28/20 (SECNAV Vectors Blog: Vector 16: Agility in Time of Crisis (As posted to ALNAV site)

March 14, 2020 – 26/20: Official and Personal Domestic Travel Force Health Protection Guidance for Department of the Navy (CONUS Travel Guidance)

March 13, 2020 – Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly’s Vector 15 message (Re. Force Protection Guidance)

March 12, 2020 – 25/20 Force Protection Guidance for the Department of the Navy


March 20, 2020 – 09: Navy Reserve Enhanced Telecommuting Procedures

March 17, 2020 – 08: Reserve Mitigation Measures in Response to Coronavirus

MyNavyHR Videos

March 27, 2020: Town Hall With Fleet K

March 23, 2020 – NAVADMIN 80/20

March 23, 2020Transition Assistance Program

March 23, 2020Coronavirus (COVID-19) Japan CDC Warning Level 3 Update

March 23, 2020: COVID-19 Identity Management

March 20, 2020 – Board Suspension

March 20, 2020 – Relaxed Grooming Standards

March 19, 2020- Advancement Exams Postponement Clarification

March 19, 2020 – Restriction of Movement Update

March 19, 2020 – PFA Suspension Update

March 18, 2020 Advancement Exams Postponed

March 18, 2020Details on Upcoming Advancement Exams

March 18, 2020Orders, Coronavirus Warning Signs

March 17, 2020Coronavirus Testing

March 17, 2020Leave and Liberty, Travel Reimbursements

March 16, 2020 – Freeze on PCS Moves

March 16, 2020HHG Reimbursements for Canceled Moves, PCS Orders to Alert-Level 2 Countries

March 16, 2020 Nonessential OCONUS Travel

Navy.mil Releases

April 2, 2020: Navy, Marine Corps Partner With Industry, FEMA to 3-D Print Face Shields

April 2, 2020: Hospital Ships Arrive Safely With Help From Meterologists, Oceanographers

April 2, 2020: Navy COVID-19 Efforts Link to Joint Acquisition Task Force

April 2, 2020: Before COVID-19, U.S. Naval War College War Game Examined Epidemic Response

April 1, 2020: Comfort Treats First Patients in New York

April 1, 2020: U.S. Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia Ramps Up Social Distancing

April 1, 2020:  Undersea Warfare Center Builds Face Shields for Local Medical Community

April 1, 2020:   DC-Area Fleet/Family Support Center Offers Webinars to Help Navigate COVID-19

March 31, 2020: 24/7 Chaplain Hotline for Reserve Sailors Starts April 1

March 30, 2020: Comfort Arrives in New York

March 29, 2020: Comfort Underway to Support City of New York

March 27, 2020: Navy Exchange Service Command Closes Tailor/Embroidery, Laundry, Dry Cleaning Shops Due To COVID-19

March 27, 2020: USNS Mercy Arrives in Los Angeles

March 27, 2020: Amid COVID-19 Restrictions SkillBridge Internships Continue

March 27, 2020:St Louis Native Supports Nation’s COVID-19 Response Efforts Aboard USNS Mercy

March 27, 2020: Navy Strengthens Supply Chain During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2020: Navy Authorizes Enlistment Extensions, Re-Entry Opportunities

March 26, 2020: Navy Base in Japan Works to Keep COVID-19 at Bay

March 25, 2020: U.S. Navy Reports Updated Positive COVID-19 Cases

March 25, 2020: Navy Consolidates COVID-19 Prevention Policies in NAVADMIN 080/20

March 25, 2020: Naval Postgraduate School Continues Prep for Spring Classes Online

March 24, 2020: Navy Reserve Arrives to Support USNS Mercy

March 24, 2020: Containing COVID-19: Why the Boss Sent Me Home

March 24, 2020: TAP Available Online for Transitioning Sailors

March 23, 2020: USNS Mercy Departs San Diego

March 23, 2020U.S. Naval War College Turns to Virtual Town Hall, All-Hands Call in Response to COVID-19

March 22, 2020: Navy Exchange Service Command Closes Barber and Beauty Shops in Response to COVID-19

March 22, 2020: Navy Preventive Medicine Teams Embark Ships in 7th Fleet

March 21, 2020: Naval War College Moves Lectures, Seminars Online, Postpones Events to Fight COVID-19

March 20, 2020: Navy Exchange Suspends All In-Store Vendor and Sales Events

March 20, 2020: Navy Increasing Health Protection Measures on Installations to Fight COVID-19

March 20, 2020: Telework Increased for Reserve Sailors; Some Admin Requirements Waived

March 19, 2020: Recruit, Officer Graduation Ceremonies Canceled Till Further Notice

March 19, 2020: Navy Postpones Selection Boards

March 18, 2020Navy Authorizes COs to Relax Some Grooming Standards if Necessary

March 18, 2020NCIS: Beware of Coronavirus-Themed Scams

March 18, 2020 – Chief of Chaplains Provides COVID19 Mitigation Guidance

March 18, 2020 – Navy Cancels Spring 2020 Fitness Cycle, Delays Advancement Exam

March 18, 2020Navy School Closed After Third COVID-19 Case

March 17, 2020 – Updated Training Track Guidance Issued

March 16, 2020 – Navy Museums Temporarily Close

March 15, 2020COVID-19: Important Information for U.S. Navy Reservists

March 15, 2020 – Navy Sets Coronavirus Transfer and Travel Rules: What You Need to Know (March 15, 2020)

Supporting Video

April 3, 2020: Secretary Modly appearance on Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss Navy response to COVID-19

March 24, 2020: Facebook Live Press Conference: Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Surgeon General, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

March 24, 2020: Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly – Message to the Fleet

March 23, 2020: USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) Deploys in COVID-19 Response Support

March 23, 2020 (Facebook Video: Press Availability on USNS Mercy Deployment

March 21, 2020 – Chief of Naval Personnel Virtual Town Hall

March 19, 2020CNO’s Message to the Fleet on Coronavirus

March 18, 2020 – Coronavirus Terms to Know

March, 14, 2020 – Message From Chief of Naval Operations ADM Mike Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith

March 14, 2020 – Stop the Spread of Germs Everyday

Feb. 26, 2020 – Navy Surgeon General’s Message

DoD, Navy Leadership Statements

March 31, 2020: Vice Chief of Naval Operations Message to Navy Leadership

March 30, 2020: COVID-19 Navy Update: CNO and MCPON Message to the Fleet

March 27, 2020: Memo from Secretary of Defense to all DoD Personnel

March 26, 2020: Chief of Naval Operations Statement on USS Theodore Roosevelt

March 25, 2020: DoD Statement – Overseas Stop Movement Order in Response to COVID-19

March 18, 2020Hospital Ships, Other DOD Assets Prepare for Coronavirus Response

March 14, 2020 – Statement by the Department of Defense on COVID-19 Response Measures on the Pentagon Reservation

March 13, 2020 – Department of Defense Statement on Enhanced Protection Measures at Pentagon


March 17, 2020 – Most Defense Personal Property Pick-ups and Pack-outs Paused; Deliveries Continue

More Resources

USNS Mercy, USNS Comfort: 2020 COVID-19 Deployment (Navy Live Blog)

Navy Remote Work Information & Guidance (CAC Required) Published by the DON Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Navy

Military Health System Nurse Advice Line

MyNavy Career Center

Navy Chaplain Care

Psychological Health Resource Center

Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center

Department of Defense Coronavirus Update Site

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Website

Military OneSource: Coronavirus Information for Our Military Community

Coronavirus Guidance from TRICARE

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society: Coronavirus Response (video)

Health Information Privacy (Dept. of Health and Human Services)

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America (Video)

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