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550 sailors aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for coronavirus

200207-N-LH674-1005 APRA, Guam (Feb. 7, 2020) The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) arrives at Naval Base Guam Feb. 7, 2020. Theodore Roosevelt and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinkney (DDG 91) are in Guam for a port visit during their scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaylianna Genier)

Another 103 sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for coronavirus.

In total, 550 people on the aircraft carrier docked near Guam have been infected with COVID-19, according to a post on the Navy’s website. As of Saturday, 92% of the ship’s nearly 4,600-person crew had been tested.

The Theodore Roosevelt was thrust into the spotlight March 31 after U.S. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier sent a letter to his superiors asking for help with the outbreak on his ship.

The Navy then canned Crozier after the letter leaked to the media. Crozier, of course, was correct about the outbreak and later tested positive for COVID-19 himself. Sailors aboard the Theodore Roosevelt gave Crozier a standing ovation as he departed the ship for the final time.

This Monday, then-Navy Secretary Thomas Modly ripped Crozier and called him “too naive or stupid” to be a commanding officer. That didn’t go over too well, and Modly resigned Tuesday.

No one aboard the Theodore Roosevelt has died from COVID-19, though one sailor was admitted to the ICU on Thursday.


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