At Least 840 Sailors On USS Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier Test Positive For COVID-19

At Least 840 Sailors On USS Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier Test Positive For COVID-19
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) test the aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) system. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Matthew Young/Released)

As we have reported eariler, Two U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers In Western Pacific Reported COVID-19 Cases.

Now according to the lastest U.S. Navy report, all of the crew members aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt have been tested for COVID-19, and the latest results show 840 sailors have tested positive for the disease, which has affected millions worldwide.

The Navy’s latest update states 4,098 sailors have tested negative. A small number of results are still pending, the Navy added. Of the total cases, 88 sailors have recovered, and 4,234 sailors have moved ashore to Navy facilities on Guam and several hotels on the island under quarantine.

Four sailors were hospitalized at the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam as of Friday. That’s half of the previous number who required hospitalization. None of the sailors from the warship are in the Intensive Care Unit, the Navy stated.

The Navy’s Seabees and the Air Force RED HORSE builders have been installing tents to accommodate a possible influx of COVID-19 patients on Guam and house the aircraft carrier’s ill sailors. The Seabees, with the support of Marines, are building a 150-bed field hospital in the South Finegayan area of Dededo, which is part of military property.

The Theodore Roosevelt suffered the loss of one sailor to COVID-19. Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., 41, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, died from COVID-19 on April 13 at Naval Hospital Guam.

Meanwhile, Military.com reported that sailors on 26 Navy ships have coronavirus now and 14 other ships have had confirmed cases of illness, though crew members have since recovered.

All the vessels are in port and none of the 90 ships at sea have cases of the virus, according to a Navy official. The Navy has 297 warships in all.

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