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COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Updates and Information

Updated: October 15, 2020

Welcome to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus page where we will regularly update Academy status. We are sharing information in multiple locations to keep our stakeholders informed. You can find information and posts here on the website, in our News Release archive, via direct email to faculty, staff and midshipmen, and on our social media sites (Facebook: @USMMAOfficial, Twitter: @USMMAo, and You Tube: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy-Official USMMA). We are also providing information directly to the National Parents Association and the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation. We ask that you check these locations often for operational updates from the Academy.

The safety, health and well-being of the USMMA community is our primary concern during this rapidly-changing health crisis. Midshipmen are currently at the Academy and are taking classes in-person and online. We continue to review and evaluate this health crisis regularly and share information as it becomes available.

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USMMA Announcements on COVID-19

Leadership Video Updates


Visitors and Campus Services

The USMMA campus is currently closed to the public. The Seafarer Snack Bar and the Navy Federal Credit Union are closed until further notice. The Navy Exchange is open, but with a reduced operating schedule.

Additionally, we have implemented the following restrictions that apply generally to movements at and around the Academy:

1. Scheduled group visits, team movements, and conferences or meetings will be postponed, or canceled for the foreseeable future with the exception of those identified in Superintendent's Notice 2020-04, SUBJECT: Personal Health and Safety - USMMA Mask Use and COVID Risk Mitigation, dtd. October 8, 2020.

2. The museum and the library are closed to outside visitors (Library open remotely, see Update #8).

3. All Academy travel is restricted.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can midshipmen come to the Academy to pick up personal items or Sea Year gear?

A. Yes they can. Midshipmen that need to visit the barracks to pick up essential equipment should contact their Company Officer prior to arriving, check in at the front gate upon arrival, pick up their equipment or gear, and depart campus.

Q. What about the cadets that will return from dry-dock with the Kings Pointer?

A. Sea Year cadets aboard the Kings Pointer will remain with the vessel until such time as they have orders to proceed to their next Sea Year assignment, or their Home of Record to await further instructions.


Q. Will this delayed return affect the Classes of 2021, 2022 or 2023?

A. At this point, we do not believe so. We may have to modify the current academic schedule somewhat to accommodate for the delay, but we do not anticipate any change in class academic status.


Q. As a result of this delay, will the Patten Health Clinic hours and staffing be modified to support isolation of symptomatic midshipmen? 

A. We are always evaluating staffing levels based on mission requirements and we have the ability to adjust based on those evaluations. We are preparing limited isolation capability within Patten Hall for unforeseen contingencies, but our process is to evacuate symptomatic midshipmen to the local hospital where they can receive care appropriate for their condition, whether it is related to COVID-19 or some other ailment. Should a midshipman need to use the Patten isolation facility, they will receive appropriate support, including food distribution. 


Q. Will midshipmen be allowed to pick up food deliveries outside the front gate?

A. Yes.


Q. Are the academic and living areas being disinfected? 

A. Yes. We have contract staff that cleans all common spaces on a regular basis. That same staff is currently cleaning an disinfecting learning and work spaces around the campus. Cleanliness and preventive hygiene is a big part of living in the barracks and learning in the classroom, and we will continue to ensure they are maintained in a high state of cleanliness.  



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