Two sailors abroad the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) tested positive for COVID-19, the service said Friday.
The sailors were flown off the nuclear-powered supercarrier which is currently conducting training off the coast of San Diego, California.
“USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) identified a small number of Sailors who tested positive for COVID-19 while conducting routine training at sea, Oct. 15, 2020,” said Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces.
“The sailors self-reported after experiencing symptoms, received immediate medical treatment, and were transported off the ship for isolation,” he added.
Cmdr. Harrell said that contact tracing aboard the ship had been completed and all crew members who came in contact with the two sailors are quarantined aboard the ship.
“Theodore Roosevelt is aggressively applying all mitigation measures in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and Navy guidance in order to protect the health of our Sailors and stop the spread of the virus as we continue to identify and eliminate any of the virus’s potential vectors,” said Harrell.
USS Theodore Roosevelt was affected by a mass COVID-19 outbreak this past spring with nearly a quarter of the ship’s crew of 4,800 sailors contracting the virus. The Navy responded and strategically moved more than half of the crew off ship to quarantine at various locations on Guam, leaving enough Sailors aboard to stand critical watches and to clean and sanitize the ship.
The outbreak resulted in a series of controversial events that began with the removal of the ship’s commanding officer, Captain Brett Crozier, and the resignation of the then-acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly. A sailor assigned the vessel died from complications of the virus, and some were placed in intensive care, but the majority just experienced mild symptoms or were asymptomatic.
The crew members who met rigorous ‘operational units’ return to work criteria set forth by U.S. Pacific Fleet returned to the ship and were able to get underway and back to their mission, June 4. The vessel finished its deployment in the Pacific before returning to San Diego in July.