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US Navy sailor dies from coronavirus after aircraft carrier outbreak

An F/A-18F Super Hornet, assigned to the “Black Knights” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) March 18, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas V. Huynh)
April 13, 2020

A sailor assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier has died of coronavirus on Monday, the Navy said.

The sailor was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Naval Hospital Guam on April 9, after being found unresponsive that morning. CPR was administered by both fellow sailors and a medical team before the transfer to ICU.

The sailor had tested positive for the virus on March 30, and was removed from the ship after the positive diagnosis. He was placed in quarantine on Naval Base Guam with four other sailors from the ship where he received twice-daily medical checks.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt had docked at a port in Guam on March 27 to resupply and begin quarantining sailors on land.

At least 580 sailors from the carrier have tested positive for coronavirus, comprising most of the Navy’s positive cases. The infected have remained at Naval Base Guam while sailors who tested negative have been isolating in empty hotels in Tumon, Navy officials told Fox News.

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A senior defense official told Politico that the sailor who died was an older member of the crew.

The sailors name is withheld for 24 hours until next of kin notification.

Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Clay Doss told Politico that four others sailors from the carrier were hospitalized over the weekend, though all are considered stable and none are in ICU or on ventilators.

Other than the sailors, Guam has 130 coronavirus cases and five deaths from the virus so far.