Nearly 100 Midshipmen Recovering From Coronavirus At Hotel

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Nearly 100 midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy who are recovering from the coronavirus will temporarily move to a hotel in downtown Annapolis, Maryland.

The Capital Gazette reported Monday that the move will open quarantine and isolation space in the academy's Bancroft Hall.

The Naval Academy has already issued restrictions that essentially confine midshipmen to their dormitory rooms except for essential activities.

Cmdr. Alana Garas told the newspaper that the academy could not say how many coronavirus cases are associated with the academy because of operational security. But she said that cases doubled between Friday and Sunday. The increase began around Feb. 18 and continued to accelerate.

Valentine’s Day weekend is likely one of the reasons behind the increase in cases, Garas said.

“While it might be satisfying to attribute this to just one variable, or one group, doing so would be an oversimplification,” she wrote in the email. “That said, actions taken during liberty that weekend is most likely the primary issue leading to that rise.”

The midshipmen who are staying at the hotel will take classes online and cannot have guests or food delivery.