It is reported that the vessel has been undergoing maintenance operations at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for the past year and a half, and it will not sail again until next year. Therefore, the COVID-19 cases will not affect operations.

Moreover, the positively tested sailors have been isolated in shoreside housing and are receiving regular medical care until they recover.

A Navy spokesperson reported to media that "USS George H.W. Bush is actively enforcing physical distancing, minimizing group gatherings, wearing PPE and cleaning extensively. Norfolk Naval Shipyard is conducting temperature checks and screening all personnel with a medical systems questionnaire, and if required, referring sailors with symptoms for medical evaluation."

In April, a sailor onboard the aircraft carrier "USS Theodore Roosevelt" lost his life of complications related to the COVID-19 disease, while the 92% of the sailors onboard the carrier were also positively tested.