416 Sailors of Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt Test Positive for COVID-19

A total of 416 Sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) have been tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Navy said on April 9.

The statement added that 97% of the crew of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier have been tested for the infection with 3,170 negative results. The Navy also announced that 2,684 Sailors were moved ashore.

As testing continues, the ship will keep enough Sailors on board to sustain essential services and sanitize the ship in port.

At least one sailor of the carrier has been hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications.

“A U.S. Navy Sailor assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) was admitted to the intensive care unit of the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam April 9. The Sailor tested positive for COVID-19 March 30 and at the time of hospitalization was in a 14-day isolation period on Naval Base Guam. More details will be released when they become available”, according to a Navy statement.

USS Theodore Roosevelt is currently pier side in Guam where it arrived on Mar. 27 for, what the Navy initially called, a scheduled port visit. Prior to the port visit, three Sailors tested positive for COVID-19 aboard the carrier.

The Navy is currently evacuating the sailors onboard the carrier. The sailors are using various hotels across the island, allowing them to align with the recommended 14-day quarantine period while also maintaining an all-hands effort aboard to sanitize the ship.

The coronavirus outbreak abroad USS Theodore Roosevelt has led to a series of events which culminated with the resignation of the Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly on April 7.

Modly submitted his resignation after calling the relieved commander of the aircraft carrier, Capt. Brett E. Crozier, “stupid” in an address to the ship’s crew on Monday.

Capt. Crozier was relieved by Modly for a leaked letter he wrote about the COVID-19 outbreak on the carrier. San Fransisco Chronicle was first to report on the four-page letter by Capt. Brett Crozier in which he requested the Navy officials for resources to allow isolation of his entire crew and avoid possible deaths in a situation he described at the time as quickly deteriorating.

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